Garden Art – The Larkspur Party

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The Larkspur Party

6401 Litchford Road

Raleigh, NC 27615-7520

Saturday and Sunday June 6th and 7th, 2009

Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and

Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

No early birds please

For more information, please visit Larkspur Party

or by calling

Frances Alvarino at 919-623-1458 or write her at Alvarino@larkspurparty.com

Please be patient for a reply, she is probably out in the garden.

Below is an updated version found in the Spring issue of Triangle Style Magazine, 2008.

The Larkspur Party

Beyond bunnies – accenting your garden with art!

As with everything in nature, the turn of one event is the signal of another.  When the Forsythias are blooming, we know that winter is breaking free; when the azaleas are blooming, we know spring has arrived.  And when the Larkspurs are blooming, we know a wonderful event will soon be upon us.

The Larkspur Party, now it is 14th year, will happen once again June 6th and 7th featuring 28 regional artists.  The artists’ work is spaced comfortably throughout the gardens of Frances Alvarino, the event organizer, artists and gardener, who opens her garden for all to enjoy.  Frances says, “The Larkspur Party is named after an especially beautiful flower in bloom, it is a chance for us to share the happiness our garden brings.  It also allows regional artist to display and sell their work.”

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Gardens are ever changing; plants will wax and wane through their cycle of growth and production.  Adding garden art as accents to the garden keeps the look constant even in the absence of foliage or flowers.  A great place to find garden art is at the Larkspur Party.  This is an annual event most gardeners and garden art enthusiasts anticipate.  Whether it is a comfortable stroll through the gardens, an opportunity to chat with the artists and admire their work, or even to take home a treasure, this event is a huge draw.  One quick stroll around will also tell you these artists are making garden art that is beyond concrete bunnies.

RonRaleighYoest 085cWalk a little more and you will meet Beth Jimenez & Amelia Lane with Lasting Impressions and their art creating concrete leaves in greens, reds, and yellows.  They also have planted containers made from this same material as well as planted containers made from hypertufa.  Be sure to ask them about the hypertufa classes they offer. Beth and Amelia definitely take their cues from nature.  All their concrete leaves are patterned from real plant leaves, such as Hostas, heart shaped Hoya Santa, giant Tetrapanax, Calla Lilies, and others.  They even offer a 10% discount to members of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University.  Not a member?  Just ask and they will help you learn more.

Bill Wallace will also be there demonstrating his craft during the party.  Bill turns wood into bowls; most defiantly more than a mere bowl, but rather beautiful works of art.

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Before you actually see Lisa Oakley, a learned glassblower, you will probably she her art first as you look up to admire her artfully arranged fantastic glass balls and ornaments.  Then your eye will come down to reveal her work in vases, bowls, platters, as well as, necklaces, bracelets and earrings all made from furnace-pulled glass beads.

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What would a garden party be without plants for sale?  Eugene Warren will return selling a variety of perennials.  John Martin & Jeff Bottoms, who grow most of their plants from seed and by propagation, will also be there selling unusual plants so be sure to come early to get the best selection.  John and Jeff will have their garden open this year for the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days tour, also benefiting the JC Raulston Arboretum

You will also find porcelain ceramics, stoneware pottery, functional earthenware, and ceramic vessels.  There will be birdhouses, basketry, gourds and sculpture.  Deb Leonard’s who owns Wise Old Birds will once again grace the gardens.  Deb’s ‘Wise Old Birds’ are sculpted in stoneware clay and according to Deb, “The inspiration for these sculptures has come from my enjoyment of the fascination in watching the different birds that visit our yard.”  This wise of bird has several gracing her garden!  You will also find birdbaths, butterfly-puddling dishes, and potheads, err; you may need to come see these for yourself.

Karen Harris of Raleigh has attended the Larkspur Party for many years saying, “Every friend I’ve taken to the Larkspur Party has been excited about the uniqueness of the artwork and have asked to go back with me year after year.  I particularly like to see what new items Francis has created and always learn something from the way the artist’s work is displayed in the garden setting.  Overall, it’s just a fun place to be in June.”  You will be able to see how Karen displays her acquisitions when she and her husband Ted open their garden for the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Tour also benefiting the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University in September.

Tuck the accent in among the plants – garden art speaks best when whispering in the shadows of foliage and flowers.

Oh, and you will not miss the Larkspur.  These delightful purple, pink, and white reseeding annuals return each year just like the garden artists and their art… or at least we hope they will for many more years to come.

The Larkspur Party

6401 Litchford Road

Raleigh, NC 27615-7520

Saturday and Sunday June 7th and 8th, 2008

Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and

Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

No early birds please

For more information, please visit www.larkspurparty.com or by calling

Frances Alvarino at 919-623-1458 or write her at Alvarino@larkspurparty.com

Please be patient for a reply, she is probably out in the garden.

By

Helen Yoest

Gardening With Confidence

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  2. […] The artists’ work is spaced comfortably throughout the gardens of Frances Alvarino, the event organizer, artists and gardener , who opens her garden for all to enjoy. Frances says, “The Larkspur Party is named after an especially … View post: Beyond Bunnies – Garden Art – The Larkspur Party « Gardening With … […]

  3. I wish I lived closer to because this looks like a fun event. Thanks for sharing and fabulous to have met you on Twitter.

    Happy Gardening!

  4. Looks like tons of fun. I hope the weather cooperates.

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