I know what I’ll be doing this Friday, April 6th, 2018!  Enjoying the Cummer Amelia Garden Walk in our beautiful Amelia Island Plantation neighborhood.

FRIDAY, APRIL 6,  1-4 p.m.

The Cummer Amelia Garden Walk  includes a walking tour of four beautiful home gardens, each with its own unique charm. Art demonstrations, live music, master gardener instruction, and refreshments will be provided along the tour route. A Garden Market will be located by The Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Transportation will be available.

This Cummer Amelia event supports school tours for all Nassau County third- and fourth-grade students to visit the Cummer Museum, which both enriches their curriculum and broadens their worldview.

Advance registration only until noon on Thursday, April 5th through the Cummer Museum. Register here, but hurry.  Before noon on Thursday.

Members $20, Non-Members $30;

Day of Event – $40


  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Check in at Verandah Restaurant parking area or The Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation
  • 1 to 4 p.m. – Garden Walk of private gardens in the Amelia Island Plantation


  • Plantation Blue Bird Project
  • Artists: David Freilich; Lis Krawiecki; Cindy Kurth; Charli Leniston; Andrea Mateer; Kathy Miller; Ed Mosher; Pam Vieser
  • Music: The String Group student performers
  • Nature Center Exhibit: Levi Welling
  • Point of Interest: Timucuan Indian Burial Mound at Walker’s Landing
  • Keep Calm—and Garden On!: Three Gardening Chats
    • 1:15 p.m. –  “Dig it! Planting Correctly for Success” with Becky Jordi
    • 2:15 p.m. – “Thriller, Spiller, and Filler: The Three Components of Container Gardening” with Aimee Underwood
    • 3:15 p.m. – “Watch Out! It’s an Invasion! Florida’s Invasive Plants” with Candace Bridgewater

**A UF/IFAS Nassau County Master Gardener will be present at each home.

Garden Market Vendors: Coastal Cottage; Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens; Happy Plants and Pots; Island Flower & Garden; Liberty Landscaping & Nursery; Love Chic Jewelry; McCrory’s Sunny Hill Nursery (Bromeliads); Pink Flamingo; Robert Young’s Ever Blooming Gardens; University of Florida Books


Sponsors: Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate and Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

Community Supporters: 2nd Story Gallery and Studios; Amelia Airport Shuttle and Transportation; Amelia Fine Jewelry; Amelia Island Coffee; Amelia Styling Salon; Amelia Transportation Group; Art on Centre; Artistic Florist; Bar Zin Bistro & Wine Bar; The Book Loft; Café Karibo; Cape House; Claudia Cardinate-Watts; Ciao Bistro; Coastal Cottage; Color It Green; Corbin’s Automotive; Crawford Jewelers, Inc; Benjamin N. Diller, DDS PA; Fern & Dina’s Gallery & Gifts; Gage Tree Care; Julia Hall Interiors; Harris Teeter; Island Flower & Garden; Key Fitness; John Lecker; lori+lulu; J. McLaughlin; Mine Hill Trading Co.; Monkey Barrel of Amelia; Nana Teresa Bakery; Nassau Transit; New York Nails; Pelindaba Lavender; The Plantation Shop; Quality Health; Red Otter; Serendipity of Amelia Island LLC; Shoe Visions; Spray Foam Insulation Technology; Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, Inc; Evelyne Talman of Amelia Island; Turner Ace Hardware


“The Cummer Museum holds one of the finest art collections in the Southeast, with nearly 5,000 objects in its Permanent Collection. The Museum’s 2.5 acres of historic gardens are unique examples of early 20th century garden design, featuring reflecting pools, fountains, arbors, antique ornaments, and sculptures. The majestic Cummer Oak has a canopy of more than 150 feet and is one of the oldest trees in Jacksonville.”

***So much damage was caused throughout our country during this past year with devastating hurricanes and terrible fires.  The Cummer also had its share of damage.

“The Cummer Gardens were severely impacted by Hurricane Irma and will be closed to the public. While the staff, art collection, and building of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens were not substantially affected, the historic Cummer Gardens sustained extensive damage. The lower tier of all three formal garden spaces, which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, remained submerged for more than 24 hours, resulting in the uprooting of plants, detached railing along the river, broken lighting, pervasive salinization of the soil, large amounts of debris, and significant impact to much of the physical infrastructure, including drainage, electric, fencing, and the well that services the landscape.”

Click here to read more about the Garden Reconstruction Fund and donate if you can! The photo showing the damage is unbelievable.   I have fond memories of painting classes with Ellen Diamond held in the Cummer Gardens

Ellen Diamond painting in the Cummer Gardens photo by Kathy Miller

Painting in the Cummer Gardens photo by Kathy Miller

Painting in the Cummer Gardens photo by Kathy Miller

Cummer Amelia is a membership category for residents of Amelia Island and Nassau County.   Cummer Amelia encourages interest in and support of the visual arts, through social and educational programs in Nassau County and at the Museum, striving to promote the Museum’s mission and cultural significance in the community.

Members participate in various activities that connect them with other art and garden enthusiasts in the Nassau County area. Cummer Amelia focuses their fundraising efforts on providing school tours to the Museum, and art supplies for students in Nassau County.

Hope to see you along the walking tour route!  I’ll be painting in my driveway!  Right across the street from one of the special gardens on tour.

Come celebrate with me.  I’ll save you a spot on the driveway!





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