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Cummer Museum of Art & Garden Update

February 24th, 2018 · Leave a Comment

Five months following Hurricane Irma, the lower level of the Cummer Museum of Art & Garden’s historic gardens remains closed. However, thanks to an aggressive watering program and some help from Mother Nature in providing a wet winter, the soil tests finally show plantable conditions.

Despite the good news about the soil, the news regarding plant health is less positive. The museum’s reconstruction consultants at WLA Studio in Athens, GA, concluded that the death rate is much higher than anticipated and are recommending a full replant of the lower tier. Any surviving material will be relocated to another area of the campus, where it can be monitored and cared for separately.

WLA Studio’s trip also included discussions around specific plant choices moving forward, meetings with the museum’s partner service providers, brainstorming around future preventative measures, and needed improvements. WLA Studio is on its way to providing the museum with a full plan, budget, and timeline to get these beloved spaces open.

While the gardens remain closed, there are many other fun activities:

  • Stop in to see the new exhibition In the Garden, which celebrates the intersection between man and nature through photography.
  • Tickets are still available for the Lunch, Lecture & Tour for In the Garden on February 22 with photographer Sharon Core, whose impressive works are included in the exhibition.
  • Enjoy the In the Gardens exhibition by photographer Sharon Core by taking part in a scavenger hunt for adults and children to explore this impressive collection from the George Eastman Museum.
  • Visit the museum on March 3 for Weaver First Saturday Free For All and the annual Spring Celebration and Plant Sale. Activities on that day will include plant vendors, educational activities, interactive art projects, and live music.

If you would like to make a donation to support the gardens’ reconstruction efforts, click here or call (904) 899.6027.

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