We are trying something new at Ellwanger Garden this year during the Lilac Festival. On the weekends we’ll be open our traditional festival hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. But on weekdays of the festival Monday, May 12 through Friday May 16, the garden will be open from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. You’re invited to stop by after work to enjoy the spring blooms. The light and shadows at twilight make the garden a magical place. It’s a great time to take photographs and listen to the birds sing their evening songs.
Along with the beauty of the garden, additional activities (weather dependent) will be taking place on the grounds as well.
Monday May 12 – Professional photographer David Boyer will be on hand to offer tips on photographing flowers and plants – whether you are using a camera or your phone
Tuesday through Friday – Individual members of the Striking Strings Hammered Dulcimer Group (directed by Mitzie Collins) will provide live acoustic music, floating over the garden. On Wednesday the 14th they will be joined by an acoustic guitarist.
Thursday – Watch watercolorist Mary Nicosia create a painting live, as she paints en plein air (in the open air.)
The Garden is located at 625 Mt. Hope Avenue. Look for signs directing you to nearby off-site parking. Admission is free; a suggested $5 donation is appreciated to help maintain the Garden.
Ellwanger Garden is open all year by advance appointment. After the Lilac Festival we’ll be open Tuesday evenings from 5 p.m. 7 p.m. This year the garden will be open during Peony Weekend, May 31 and June 1st and also during our annual House and Garden Tour the following weekend, June 7 and 8. Don’t miss any opportunity to take in the colors and scents of this beautiful historic perennial garden as its plantings bloom in succession from early spring until late fall.