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Bainbridge in Bloom features artists, lectures, gardens

Birds are regular visitors to Hajni and Marc Joslyn
Birds are regular visitors to Hajni and Marc Joslyn's garden. Even more visitors will enjoy the two-and-a-half acre property during the 2010 Bainbridge in Bloom garden tour.
— image credit: Brad Camp/ For the Review

Hajni Joslyn is an artist and her process for developing a garden is the same as the one she uses to create one of her watercolors. Or a tapestry bag. Or a mosaic.

“I start out with an idea in my mind, but then the plants — or the painting — starts talking to me,” she said of her intuitive, fluid process. “It’s a dialogue.”

These running dialogues have become a 25-year conversation and, frankly, a living documentary of where these heart-to-hearts have led.

“She goes in cycles. For a while it was birdhouses,” said her husband Marc Joslyn, pointing to the wooden chickadee house perched above the garden. “Then it was wind chimes, so she went to Boeing and got some remnant pipes and made a bunch of chimes. When she gets going, she’s like a tornado.”

Much has changed on their two-and-a-half acre property since 1994, the first time it was featured on the Bainbridge in Bloom Tour. The mature garden is now graced with a small orchard with cherry, pear, apple and apricot trees; a Zen garden; several water features; gazebos; a fenced vegetable garden where Hajni also moved her cabbage roses to protect them from the deer; a woodland path and a chicken coop.

Hajnalka Studio, where Hajni does most of her painting and craftwork, also will be open during the tour. Six other artists will be showing their work in the studio and on the grounds.

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Bainbridge in Bloom

Enjoy seven beautiful gardens, live music, juried garden artists and a lecture series.

Festival Site is at Woodward Middle School, 9100 Sportsman Club Rd. The Festival Site is open to the public for plant, food, and poster purchases.

1. Everyone must visit the Festival site at Woodward Middle School where you can:

Purchase tickets and exchange advance-purchase tickets for the garden program and map.

Buy food and beverages from J’aime Les Crepes and Treeroot Coffee (Saturday and Sunday only).

Browse plant vendors (Friday-Sunday).

Buy Bloom posters featuring this year’s artist, Sydni Sterling, and posters from previous years.

Friday, July 9, Patron Day:

* Self-drive today only. Ticket is $65.00, which provides unlimited access to gardens all weekend

* Tickets to the Bloom Evening Garden Party at the Bloedel Reserve (6:00-9:30 p.m.) available for purchase for $110.00.

* Chauffeured special Benefactor package, limited to 30 participants, available for $350.00. Includes the Bloom Evening Garden Party and a luncheon with horticulturalist, Dan Hinkley, at a waterfront estate.

Saturday and Sunday, July 10-11

Tickets are $35.00. Children under 12 are $10.00.

Visitors must park at Woodward Middle School and board a bus to the gardens.

Three easy routes will provide quick and easy bus transport

If visitors prefer to bicycle to the gardens, a Bike the Bloom ticket may be purchased for $27.00. Bike racks are at each garden.

Shuttle Bus Services

Departing ferry terminal to festival site on Saturday and Sunday

Morning: 9:20 a.m., 10:10 a.m., 11:10 a.m.

Afternoon: 12:00 p.m., 12:55 p.m., 1:45 p.m.

Pick-ups at the ferry terminal will be at the transit bus area (over by the Chamber of Commerce) info booth at the ferry terminal.

Departing festival site to ferry Saturday and Sunday

Afternoon 12:50 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:35 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 6:10 p.m.

(Times are 20 minutes prior to ferry departure and bus will leave promptly.)

More info: www.gardentour.info or www.artshum.org.

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