The Arrival of Spring
MayFest May 2nd-11th 10 am-4 pm
With the gardens in May’s vivid color show, Lakewold’s MayFest is a great time to enjoy the beauty of the gardens alongside great displays, exhibits and activities in the Wagner House. Current participants for the 10 day event will include: a floral arrangement display from Ikebana International #147, a bonsai display from the Olympia Bonsai Club, artwork exhibited by Lakewood Arts Commission as well as local artist Natalie Oswald, Allison Agostinelli and Lois Yoshida. A Historical and Events exhibit of Lakewold, a display by the Olympia Weavers Guild, and a variety of musical performances. Then on Mother’s Day Weekend selected vendors will be on hand offering their services, along with Lakewolds very first Volunteer Jewelry Sale. During this event the gardens will be open from 10 am-4 pm. Standard admission fees apply, Lakewold members are free. For more information or group tour rates contact Diane Thomas at 253.584.4106, x100.
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Lakewold Gardens Historical Display May 2nd-11th 10 am-4 pm
Enjoy the beauty of Lakewold’s library and learn about our history. What began as “Lot 23 of the “Interlaaken Township” has evolved into the 10-acre garden estate we know today. This display will give visitors insight into the various cycles and stages of the Wagner House and gardens and features a slideshow presentation.
Lakewood Arts Commission Exhibit May 2nd-11th 10 am-4 pm
The mission of the Lakewood Arts Commission, consistent with guidance from the Lakewood City Council, is to assess needs, establish priorities and make recommendations for the enrichment of the community and promotion of its cultural vitality through the arts. This exhibit is a compilation of pieces from local artists and will be on display in upstairs in the Wagner House. For more information on the Arts Commission please visit City of Lakewood.
Lakewood Arts Commission Artist Reception May 2nd 4 pm-6 pm
Come and join the LAC for a mix and mingle Artist Reception. Ask questions, inquire about certain art pieces, or just come to be a part of the arts and support our local community. Jammin Studios, Piano Student: Keilee Daubon, age 13 will be here to play for this special event.
Ikebana International #147 May 2nd-4th 10 am-4 pm
Ikebana International is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging. With chapters all over the world we are honored to have the Tacoma-Olympia chapter presenting over 20 displays in the living room of the Wagner House. For more information about Ikebana International please visit www.ikebanahq.org
Olympia Bonsai Club May 2nd- 4th 10 am- 4 pm
The Olympia Bonsai Club will join the festivities offering a beautiful display of Bonsai works from its club members. Hosts will be on hand for this informative show and hold unscheduled demonstrations through the 3 day exhibit on the tips and techniques of training and growing Bonsai. For more information please visit www.easysite.com/olympiabonsaiclub
Student Musician’s Day May 3rd 11 pm- 2 pm
We are extremely pleased to announce the second year of bringing student musicians to our MayFest Event. Students will be playing in the afternoon for all to see and hear. With a wide range of ages, they will perform a variety of music. We greatly appreciate these students and the talents they will share, a wonderful treat for our MayFest visitors! Timeline as follows: 11:00-11:30 am- Paul Twedt Piano Students, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Tacoma Youth Symphony Student Quartet, 1:30 pm 3:00 pm- Paul Twedt Piano Students.
Military Monday and 2 for 1 admission May 5th 10 am-4 pm
To honor our Military personnel we are opening up our doors to all military service branches with no admission fees to enjoy the gardens “free” for a day. For all other visitors of the day, we are offering a 2 for 1 admission for those who come to enjoy a quiet stroll in the gardens. We encourage all visitors to bring a picnic lunch while you take in the relaxing and inspirational peace the gardens can offer. Areas of the Wagner House will not be open to view as exhibitors will be setting up displays, but the gardens will be in full bloom for your enjoyment.
Natalie Oswald and friends May 6th-11th 10 am-4 pm
Tacoma artist Natalie Oswald, who currently completed a major mural in Downtown Tacoma, has organized an art exhibit of her work along with artist Lois Yoshida and Allison Agostinelli to be displayed in the living room of the Wagner House. On Mother’s Day, Natalie and Allison will be on hand providing demonstrations, answering questions and greeting visitors. For more information about Natalie Oswald please visit http://natalieoswald.com/ . For more information about Lois Yoshida please visit http://loisyoshida.com/ and for Allison Agostinelli please visit http://fineartamerica.com/
Olympia Weavers Guild May 6th -11th 10 am-4 pm
The purpose of the Olympia Weavers’ Guild is to provide a forum where active weavers may share information, knowledge and techniques, and provide each other with guidance, encouragement, and inspiration. The OWG is a nonprofit organization founded in 1949. Each year OWG participates in the Sheep to Shawl competition at the annual Puyallup Fair, provides demonstrations at the Thurston County Fair, and holds its annual Show and Sale in early December among other guild activities. For more information please visit www.olympiaweaversguild.org
Lakewold’s 25th Anniversary May 7th
In 1987 Eulalie Wagner donated the entire estate to a new non-profit organization, The Friends of Lakewold, with the stipulation that an endowment fund be raised to assure the continuing care of the gardens. Lakewold Gardens was opened officially on May 7, 1989. Mrs. Wagner stated her motivation clearly. "As we become more and more city creatures, living in manmade surroundings, perhaps gardens will become even more precious to us, letting us remember that we began in the garden." Eulalie Wagner died in 1991, but her dream remains with us at Lakewold Gardens as we remember why we are here. For more information about our history please visit
Lakewold Volunteer Jewelry Sale May 9th-11th
We are excited to announce Lakewold’s first Volunteer Jewelry Fundraising Sale hosted by our volunteers. With a variety of lightly worn and vintage pieces, the proceeds will be dedicated to improvements to one of Mrs. Wagner’s favorite areas, the Rock Gardens. For more information please contact Katrina Redding at 253.584.4106, x106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mother’s Day Weekend: May 10th & 11th 10 am- 4 pm
Selected vendors will be on hand to offer their services and tasty treats for purchase to enjoy while you’re visiting or to take home and to remember for years to come!
Keith Phillips Stonework Display May 10th 10 am-4 pm
In his 7th year at Lakewold, Keith will set up his bench and carving tools in front of The Garden Shop. Bring a camera as his demonstration of old world stone carving techniques is quite remarkable. Keith has worked on the capitol building in Olympia, the refurbished Stadium High School and has been commissioned to create beautiful stone carvings for home and gardens. Keith also enjoys bringing out his Bagpipes on his breaks, another talent he likes to share with visitors.
Student Musician’s Day May 10th, 11 am-2 pm
Lakewold is delighted to announce another special day to celebrate our local talented youth and to bring music to Lakewold. With a variety of musicians, the Wagner House and gardens will be alive with beautiful sounds once again. We thank these students for their lovely contribution to this year’s MayFest event! Timeline as follows: 10:30-11:30 am- Paul Twedt Piano Students, 12:00-1:00 pm Peninsula Youth Symphony 2-Student Quartets, 1:30-2:45 pm Paul Twedt Piano Students, 3:00-3:30 pm Sophia Joosten, Student Harpist.
Abeille Baking Company May 10th & 11th 10 am- 4 pm
Celebrated in “Tacoma Foodie” by patrons of Tacoma’s 6th Ave. Farmers Market, Abeille Baking Company will join Lakewold to offer their delectable authentic “French Pastries” for purchase on both days. These delicate creations are colorful and delicious, a wonderful treat to savor during you visit. Enjoy a “free” cup of coffee or cool beverage compliments of Lakewold to go along with these fantastic Mother’s Day treats, but make sure to take some home too!”
The “Sonsie Chocolatier” May 10th & 11th 10 am- 4 pm
Edie Rahlf, the “Sonsie Chocolatier”, will also join us to offer tantalizing handcrafted chocolate truffles for purchase during the weekend. These lovely morsels are inspired by people and events and are crafted into spectacular treats for all to enjoy. Delightfully decadent, make sure to take some home to enjoy later!
Randi Stumpp Photography May 10th 10 am- 4 pm
Photographer Randi Stumpp will be on hand to offer Mother’s Day Photo portraits for online purchase. No reservations are required. She has plans to offer reasonable, small portrait session packages during both days. So bring the family and celebrate this very special weekend with a lovely portrait to remember this Mother’s Day for many, many years to come.