The 2018 Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour is June 2nd and 3rd. Celebrate 30 years of Bainbridge in Bloom: tickets are on sale now!

 

2018 Bloom poster

“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.” – Thomas Jefferson

The 30th annual Bainbridge in Bloom will take place this June 2 and 3 with a tour of private gardens that will delight and inspire all visitors.

Presented by Arts & Humanities Bainbridge (AHB), this premiere garden tour offers a chance to go behind the hedges and fences of five gardens that reflect the variety and creativity of environments on the 32-square-mile island in Puget Sound. Each garden will feature music arranged to match its ambience and add to the visitor’s experience.

“The most enjoyable aspect of organizing our annual garden tour is the excitement of finding the gardens. In our 30th year, we have a group of gardens that are appealing to the eye, provide a sense of serenity and celebrate the talented gardeners on our island.” – Patty Bell

This year, another five stunning island gardens will be on display. In addition to fabulous flora and breathtaking landscape design, each garden will feature charming performances by an array of local musicians. By tradition, exact locations of the gardens won’t be revealed until the weekend of the tour, but a few hints and highlights of the gardens and music lineup will be shared as the date approaches on AHB’s website.

“People that visit the gardens love the music. And the warmth and beauty of the gardens makes people really happy,” says a veteran Bloom volunteer. “What I take away as a worker bee is seeing the excitement and enthusiasm.”

Since Bainbridge in Bloom was launched by Arts & Humanities Bainbridge three decades ago, it has showcased some 150 gardens throughout the island and attracted an estimated 50,000 visitors. The annual fundraiser has helped AHB support a vast range of cultural organizations and artists.

What does 30 years of the Bloom mean? It means three decades of showcasing the incredible level of artistry that members of the island community bring to the craft of gardening and landscape design. Three decades of introducing visitors from around the region and across the country to the unique beauty of Bainbridge Island. Three decades of celebrating the joyful abundance of summer in the Pacific Northwest.

“The Bloom is a special treat for plant “geeks”, as each garden showcases an enormous variety of plants carefully chosen by the garden owners and designers,” says Kate Gormley, a Bloom volunteer and master gardener. “Master Gardeners will be on duty in each garden to help identify plants and provide guidance for novice and experienced gardens in selecting plants for their own landscapes.”

The 30th anniversary tour is once again an all-out community effort by enthusiastic volunteers with the support of area businesses and organizations. Tickets are $35. Each day’s tour runs from 9am to 5pm and begins at the Bloom Hub located in the Filipino-American Hall, 7566 NE High School Road. Ticket-holders will receive a map to each of the gardens or shuttle locations, a wristband admitting entry to each garden, and helpful local information.

Advance tickets are available online at https://bainbridgebloom30.brownpapertickets.com and at a few locations including Bainbridge Gardens, Bay, Hay and Feed, and Sotheby’s. On June 2 and 3, tickets can be purchased on site at the Bloom Hub.

For the 30th anniversary, ‘Bike the Bloom’ is returning as a feature of the tour. What better way to soak in a beautiful summer weekend than by peddling from majestic garden to majestic garden along the island’s winding wooded byways? And biking the tour route is more than just great exercise: it cuts down on traffic, reduces congestion in tour parking areas, and is the most ecologically friendly way to experience Bainbridge in Bloom! Bike The Bloom tickets will also be offered at a discounted rate.

For those driving, there will be shuttles to some gardens and others will have on-site parking. For those who want to Bike the Bloom, cycling route maps will be provided, and there will be bike racks near the gardens.

Follow the Bloom on facebook for great photos from last year’s event, and email bloom@ahbainbridge.org for more information!