KI Garden Club sponsors trip to Evergreen Museum, BMA Sculpture Garden
STEVENSVILLE — The Kent Island Garden Club is sponsoring a bus trip to the magnificent Evergreen Museum and Library and the Baltimore Museum of Art Sculpture Garden on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
The Evergreen House and Library will be the first stop at 10:30 a.m. for a guided tour of carefully preserved and restored home which was purchased by John Work Garrett, president of the B and O Railroad, for his son, T. Harrison Garrett, in 1878. Evergreen is one of the finest examples of the Victorian gilded age mansions with 48 rooms, a library of more than 20,000 important books and manuscripts, a professionally designed and decorated theater, and a Tiffany-designed glass canopy, all set on 28 acres of landscaped lawns and gardens.
The walls are decorated by a collection of art which includes drawings and paintings by Modigliani, Degas, Vuillard and Picasso. The family also amassed the world’s largest collection of Tiffany glass and many valuable pieces of Chinese porcelain and jade. The Library has many important books and documents including original works by Shakespeare and Audubon. The library also contains the signatures of every signer of the Declaration of Independence. As a point of interest, one of the bathrooms is decorated with 24-karat gold fixtures. The home was deeded to Johns Hopkins University by John Work Garrett’s grandson and continues to be managed by the university.
The second guided tour will be the Sculpture Garden at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The garden features sculptures by Alexander Calder, Auguste Rodin and Isamu Noguchi as well as many other renowned sculptors. The plantings are designed to enhance the placement of the sculptures.
The gardens are partially visible from Gertrude’s, the on-site restaurant at the BMA. Gertrude’s was founded by nationally acclaimed author and chef John Shields and John Gilligan in 1998. The menu presented was in the vanguard of the farm to table movement with a menu of locally grown and procured food using recipes of the Chesapeake area. It is a multi-year winner of the Baltimore magazine’s winner of Baltimore’s best restaurant. Gertrude’s will be open for those who desire to purchase lunch.
The museum and the museum gift shop will also be open. The Baltimore Museum of Art was opened in 1914 and has an outstanding collection of Matisse paintings, modern, European masterpieces, 19th century prints, drawings and photographs as well a large collection of African artworks.
The cost of the trip is $45, which includes the bus and admission to the Evergreen Museum. Checks should be made out to Kent Island Garden Club and mailed to Kent Island Garden Club, P.O. Box 644, Stevensville MD 21666.
For more information, contact Lois Rys at loisrys@ atlanticbb.net or 410-6435820 or Bonnie Cover at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-827-3902.
Participants in the Kent Island Garden Club’s bus trip will visit the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Sculpture Garden.
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