May 14-15, 2011
The New Azalea Garden | Events
Location: The Azalea Garden | Get Your Tickets
Create and Capture the Beauty | May 14-15, 12 - 6 p.m.
A variety of experts will be on hand to help you create and capture the beauty of azaleas. Home Gardening Demonstrations will teach you how to grow and care for azaleas in your yard, on your balcony, or in your apartment. Garden instructors will show you how to capture the beauty of azaleas through photography, flower arranging, and watercolor. Visit the plant sale at Shop in the Garden to find the right azalea for your home or garden.
There’s a whole day’s full of inspiration and hands-on fun. Your ticket provides access to:
Tours and Demonstrations:
- Azalea Garden Guided Tours: 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4: 30 p.m.
- Azalea Garden Curator Q&A: 12 - 6 p.m.
- Azaleas for Every Occasion Gardening Demonstrations: 12 and 2 p.m. - Explore the newly renovated landscape. Learn how to use early spring color in your garden and get tips for growing these ericaceous beauties.
- Flower Arranging Demonstrations: 1 and 4 p.m. - Bringing the Beauty Inside
Ongoing Activities (noon - 6 p.m.):
Watercolor Artist Demonstration: 1 - 4 p.m. - An expert artist demonstrates her craft and offers instruction to budding artists. Watercolor materials are on loan from the Azalea Garden main information booth for you to capture the beauty
Harness the Sun: Sun Prints: 12 - 5 p.m. - Turn nature’s treasures into a work of art using sun-sensitive paper.
Photography Tips with an Expert: 3 - 5 p.m. - Ask questions, get advice and snap away amongst the Azalea collection’s beauties.
Artisan Fair: Local artisans offer their nature-inspired creations for sale.
Peruse and purchase nature inspired crafts from these vendors:
- Carol Pessin- hand painted greeting cards
- Michele Congdon- watercolor
- Olga Ayala- hand made jewelry
- Laura Alvarez- design, photo, and illustration.
- Karen K. Ahn- Maedeup (Korean knot tying)
- Lucrecia Novoa- paper mache and masks
- Valerie Irizarry- knitwear
Badminton Games: 12 - 6 p.m. on Daffodil Hill - Have a go at this garden party standard game. It’s too much fun to try to keep score!
Croquet Demonstrations and Games: 12 - 6 p.m. on Daffodil Hill- Sign up for a round and get some tips from true players.
Kite Flying: 12 - 6 p.m. on Daffodil Hill - If the wind is right, come fly a kite!
Refreshments: Iced tea, lemonade, sandwiches, cookies and more are available for purchase to enjoy in the shade of the trees.
Ragtime Music: The band’s all here to make a festive party for all our revelers! The Banjo Rascals play tunes by John Philip Sousa, Scott Joplin, and their contemporaries will be enjoyed!
Shop at the Garden Booth: Find your favorite gardening tools, books, and plants to make your Garden great. Booksigning: Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15; 12 - 5 p.m.: Meet Margaret Peot, author of Inkblot and participate in a demonstration for kids of her craft.
Cell Phone Tour and Take-Home Tips: A cell phone tour guides you through the plant collection and highlights the selections for this very site. Tip sheets are also available at the Home Gardening Center and during Home Gardening Demonstrations.
The Azalea Garden represents the transformation of the Botanical Garden's historic Azalea Way into a richly layered horticultural extravaganza that celebrates the beauty and variety of these popular garden plants.
The new Azalea Garden includes nearly a mile of woodland paths that meander through a collection of 3,000 azaleas and rhododendrons from around the world, planted beneath ancient native oaks, tulip trees, and sweet gums. Learn more.
Learn all about the amazing, adaptable azalea and its close relative the rhododendron from the Garden's top experts. Find the perfect plant for your garden, discover how to capture the beauty with your camera, and more.
Create and Capture the Beauty Weekend
May 14-15, 2011; 12 - 6 p.m.