Art in the Garden
Join us Saturday, July 11th, 2020.
Over 45 artists and artisans will participate in Art in the Garden at Keppel Croft on July 11th, 2020. This is a summer opportunity to enjoy the gardens and the wonderful creations of our talented friends and neighbours. Come and chat with the individuals who make this day so special.
This year you will find
wrought iron and cedar garden ornaments
weaving and knitting
nature dyed yarns
locally produced coffee, biscotti, honey and maple syrup
Rural Gardens of Grey and Bruce members with plants grown in Grey County
Three local authors with their books for sale.
All of this wouldn't be possible without our fabulous volunteers. Our grateful thanks to all who help make Art in the Garden possible.
10 am to 4 pm
Children 12 and under free
Keppel Croft parking lot
South side of Grey Road #1
Big Bay beach by the Big Bay dock
Sunday, July 12th, 2020
If a rain date is declared, we will post it here.
Over 45 artists, artisans and local food producers set up at Keppel Croft early in the morning of Art in the Garden. These photos are from Art in the Garden, 2019. There’s a spot under trees for some folks, like Pam McCowan who sells her paintings and her sculptures. Lots of people have tents which are sometime pitched the night before. There’s always a sense of excitement as everyone sets up.
Mike Snow comes from Pensacola to join Keith Elliott from the Big Bay shore at the BBQ stand. These two have the whole lunch business down to a fine art. Homemade ginger cookies are served in memory of Auntie who introduced her cookies to the original lunch special some years ago. At 94 she was our oldest volunteer at Art in the Garden.
Meet some of the many participants
Art in the Garden gives you a chance to meet the people who create all the beautiful work on display. There’s always time to answer your questions and to tell you about artistic ventures. Tony Pasman makes wicker trays and you can catch him at work under his umbrella. Watch and chat as he creates another beautiful tray.
Donna Pasman is a basket weaver with many years of experience. She delights in explaining how the baskets are created and what their special uses might be. Sometimes Donna brings along some baskets from her personal collection, gathered on her world-wide travels with Tony.
Over the years Georgia Helleiner has gathered the plants leaves, flowers, seed heads and stalks from the Big Bay area for her delicately arranged cards. Making a decision about which ones to add to your collection will take time!
If you are lucky you might be able to talk Bernie Range, the Cape Road Crockinole Champion, into having a game of Crokinole with you. That’s not difficult to do! Bernie makes and refinishes crokinole boards. He’ll explain the finer points of the game if it is new to you. Good luck!
Add to your plant collection and your plant knowledge! Sarah Taylor and Brian Robin from Grange Hollow Nursery and Gardens will have their plants, grown in Desboro, Grey County, waiting to tempt you. These enthusiastic gardeners will be able to advise you on the best plants for your garden locations.
Grey County Master Gardeners have been coming to Art in the Garden for many years! You’ll find them at their usual spot near the Grey Road #1 entrance to the gardens. These experienced volunteers offer horticultural advice and answers to your questions. Need a plant identified? They can help with that, too!
In 2019, Bill Moses, a member of the Owen Sound Naturalists, demonstrated a use for the stalks of the terribly invasive phragmites australis, a grass known as the common reed. You can see these plants taking over wetlands and banks of streams and rivers thorough out Grey County. Bill showed visitors how to build nesting sites for solitary bees, using tin cans and the grass seed head stalks. What will Bill be teaching us on July 11th, 2020? Come and see!
We will be posting more of our 2020 participants soon!