The Arrival of Spring
Click here for the 2015 MayFest recap.
May 1st -10th, 10am-4pm MayFest
Lakewold’s MayFest is a great time to enjoy the beauty of the gardens in bloom and also enjoy great displays, exhibits and activities in the Wagner House. For more information please call Susan Steen at 253-584-4106 x108 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on group tour rates contact Pam Felts at 253.584.4106, x105 or email@example.com.
Lakewold Gardens Historical Display May 1st-10th 10 am-4 pm
Enjoy the beauty of Lakewold’s library and learn about our more than 100 years of history. 2015 is a special year historically for Lakewold as we have the honor of being accepted in the National Historic Registry. The display will give visitors insight into the various stages of the Wagner House and gardens.
The NW Stone Sculptors Association (NWSSA) May 1st-10th 10 am-4pm
We are very excited to announce the participation of the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association to join this year’s celebration and will have their works on display all around Lakewold’s 10 acres of gardens. NWSSA is an association of stone sculptors that was founded in 1984 by Meg Pettibone in Seattle. Their first symposium was in 1986 in the Methow Valley east of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State and they have since grown to include stone sculptors and associates throughout the western US, Canada, and other parts of the world. NWSSA’s mission is to nurture the community of stone sculptors by developing educational opportunities, providing a support system to members, and facilitating interaction with regional, national, and international communities. We anticipate the exhibit in our lovely gardens to be exceptional and definitely one not to miss. For more information about NWSSA go to www.nwssa.org.
Ikebana International #147 May 1st-3rd 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.
Photography Exhibit May 1st-10th 10 am-4pm
3 professional photographers will present their photographs upstairs in the Wagner House.
was born in England and has been living in the Puget Sound area for 20+ years. He works out of his home and specializes in photographing in locations that have meaning for clients whether it’s at home, a favorite park or beach. He is an active member of the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, Professional Photographers of Washington and Pierce County Professional Photographers Association and has done promotional work for Lakewold Gardens as well as the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. For more information go to www.lobban.com.
specializes in portraitures, wedding and music photography. She has gained much notoriety in providing photography for a variety of live concerts including Bumbershoot, Seattle’s Music and Arts Festival and Radio station 107.7’s EndFest concert and with local bands. She also specializes in promotional portraits for musicians. Her work has been published in magazines, on various websites and promotional posters. For more information go to www.randistumpp.com.
Jerry Cahill is an award-winning photographer who has been taking pictures since his childhood in South Dakota. Capture Dakota’s photo-of-the-day has featured his shots of Dakota scenery and big horn sheep on multiple occasions, and you’ll recognize his photo for Lakewold’s own “Green Thumbs Explorers” and “The eagle has launched” published in The Seattle Times. An avid student of John Gerlach Nature Photography, Jerry’s photos focus on the beauty of flowers, wildlife, landscape, and architecture. In his spare time, Jerry enjoys shooting his culinary creations for a local non-profit cookbook.
Military Monday and 2 for 1 admission May 4th 10 am-4 pm
All military service branch personnel can enjoy the gardens “free” for a day. We are opening up our doors to with no admission fees. For all other visitors of the day, we are offering a 2 for 1 admission. Bring a picnic lunch and relax in the 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.
Lakewood Arts Commission Exhibit May 5th-10th 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. For more information go to www.cityoflakewood.us.
The Wood Turners Display May 5th-10th 10 am-4 pm
A father and daughter team, Roy and Stephany Lane create unique and extraordinary art using wood that is only from the North West and burned designs that are done freehand. The wood that is used is wood that was cut down for personal or safety reasons. Roy has been woodturning since 1997 and Stephany enjoys being creative and has been burning wood (pyrography) since 2002. For more information go to www.ornamentalwood.net.
Mother’s Day Weekend: May 9th & 10th 10 am- 4 pm
Lakewold Volunteer Jewelry Sale May 8th-10th
We are excited to announce the return of Lakewold’s Volunteer Jewelry Fundraising Sale hosted by our wonderful volunteers. With a variety of new, lightly worn, gently used and vintage pieces, the proceeds will benefit beautifying the front property fence line along Gravelly Lake Drive. For more information please contact Katrina Redding at 253.584.4106, x106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The “Sonsie Chocolatier” May 9th & 10th 10 am- 4 pm
Edie Rahlf, the “Sonsie Chocolatier”, will also join us again this year to offer her creative and delicious 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, it’s a lovely Mother’s Day treat to devour during your visit or to take home and give as a gift!
Keith Phillips Stonework Display and Demonstration May 9th 10 am-4 pm
In his 8th year at Lakewold, Keith will set up his bench and carving tools in front of The Garden Shop, so bring your camera and watch his demonstration of old world stone carving techniques. 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.
Professional Woodwind Musicians Naomi Fanschier and Friends May 9th from 12 pm-1 pm
Naomi and her friends, Elisa Lewis and Jordan Dusek will join our festivities and play an assortment of wonderful music from familiar classical arrangements to more modern music for all visitors to enjoy. Naomi has a clarinet and saxophone studio in Maple Valley and Coaches middle school and high school aged reed students. She is also involved in the Olympia Symphony Orchestra and the Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra. For information about her studio go to naomifanshier.weebly.com.
Author Donald Olsen Book Signing May 9th
Donald Olson is a travel writer with a longtime interest in gardens and gardening. His travel stories have appeared in the New York Times and National Geographic He lives, writes, and gardens in New York and Oregon. Donald joins our festivities to offer for sale a signed copy of his delightfully written Pacific Northwest Garden Tour book, which takes you to sixty of the best gardens in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. With an easy-to-use format and enticing photographs, it's an indispensable companion to one of the lushest garden belts in North America, if not the world. More information about Donald can be found at www.timberpress.com
Professional Harpist Twyla Worthy May 9th from 2 pm-3:30 pm
Twyla Eddins Worthy is an accomplished musician that began her journey from a very young age. Starting with the Piano, she then moved onto the Accordion, the Clarinet, Guitar, Organ, the Saw and Violin. Twyla received her Bachelor of Music in Applied Performance Harp from North Texas State University, Denton. She lived and played in Europe for over 20 years, and is world renowned for her playing style, creating a soothing and relaxing atmosphere that offers listeners a peaceful and serene experience. For more information go to www.twylaeddins.com