Programs & Events

Gardenfest 2018

June 8 through 17

Kick off the garden season in Old Lyme.

Please note: these dates are for 2018. We will update for 2019 soon. If you need immediate assistance, please email

Visitors to the Museum understand immediately the site’s appeal to the artists who stayed at “Miss Florence” Griswold’s boardinghouse over a century ago. Her house, gardens, and river view were favored subjects of her artistic boarders. Highlights include, Garden Luncheon Friday, June 8 and Blooms with a View June 8, 9, and 10.

Join us for this exciting series of events that take place in and around the Museum’s historic gardens. This annual event is a ten-day celebration of the site’s historic gardens, featuring special events, and family activities. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities for all ages and interest levels. Most events are free with Museum admission.

Thank you to our GardenFest media sponsor 

GardenFest Calendar

Check out all the GardenFest events at Florence Griswold!

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Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10

Blooms With a View

Enjoy stunning flower arrangements interpreting works of art from the current exhibition. Playing off colors, lines, shapes, and subject matter, each display reflects its inspiration in masterful ways.

Friday, June 8

Garden Luncheon

The day is devoted to celebrating all things floral with 200 garden-loving guests, beginning with Blooms with a View in the Krieble Gallery, which pairs stunning floral arrangements with key works on view from the summer exhibition. Guests will then enjoy a delicious lunch under a festive tent.

Sunnie Evers, an independent scholar and art historian, will speak on The Language of Flowers.

Funds raised by the Garden Luncheon support the stewardship and preservation of the Museum’s historic gardens and riverside landscape.

Art, music flowers, food and a few surprises!

Thank you to our sponsor!  

And media sponsor 

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