Visit beautiful Keppel Croft Gardens in Grey County, Ontario.
Art in the Garden is an annual event at Keppel Croft Gardens, held on the second Saturday in July. This year Art in the Garden will be held on Saturday, July 13th. Sunday July 14th is the rain date.
Keppel Croft Gardens are open from 10 am to 4 pm on this day. The entrance fee is $3. Parking is available in the Keppel Croft parking lot, along the south side of Island View Drive at Big Bay, or at the Big Bay beach. Keppel Croft is located at 504156 Grey Road #1 (Island View Drive) near Big Bay.
You'll enjoy the garden as a work of art, too.
Fifty artists and craftspeople will set up their display spaces throughout the gardens. Steve Irvine was one of ten artists participating in the very first Art in the Garden. This will be the nineteenth year we have hosted Art in the Garden.
Steve Irvine enjoys describing his pottery techniques.
This year you can expect to find woodworking and metalwork, ceramic tiles, garden furniture, oil paintings, watercolours, acrylics, photographs, weaving, pottery, jewellery, calligraphy, basket weaving, art cards, sculpture, glasswork, multimedia, and more.
Ann Schneider will have weaving and willow furniture for sale.
Art in the Garden is a splendid opportunity for you to meet and chat with our talented neighbours and friends. Some artists, like Ann, have studios which are featured on the Around the Sound Tour in the autumn. Ann's studio is called KeppelStone Willow Works.
Talented young artists are happy to talk about their skills.
Art in the Garden is an opportunity for budding junior artists to share their new works with the public. Jack offers his photo cards and the Elliott grandchildren have jewellery and woodwork for sale.
Local food producers will be attending Art in the Garden again this year. Last year our neighbours from Edale offered bread baked in their outdoor adobe oven. The fresh bread disappeared very quickly! You will also be able to buy honey and Kemble Mountain maple syrup products.
The bakers at Edale work through the night to have fresh bread for Saturday morning.
You will be able chat about almost any kind of plant with Franzis Leiss of Living Carpet Gardens. Franzis will have her locally grown plants for sale. Bill will also have plants from Keppel Croft Gardens for sale. If you have questions about plants or aspects of plant cultivation there will be representatives of the Master Gardeners willing to provide answers.
Bring your plant questions to Franzis Leiss, of Living Carpet Gardens.
Our heartfelt thanks to our volunteers! We couldn't have Art in the Garden without them--they are as essential as the artists. This year Rex and Lou Ingram will lead a team of volunteers from New Zealand. Very special thanks to Brenda and Mike Snow, Keith and Sarah Elliott, Vic and Peggy Ptasznik, and Mary and Jerry Green.
Volunteers set out the painted stones that mark the location of each artist's site in the garden.
After your visit to Art in the Garden make sure you drop in at the Big Bay General Store. Pat and Bob Carriere are famous as makers of Big Bay's homemade ice cream. Wander down to the Big Bay beach and try your hand at skipping stones at the home base of Canada's Stone Skipping Championship!
Site Revision: April, 2013