“I went to a garden party to reminisce with my old friends” – familiar lyrics from Ricky Nelson’s 1972 hit song and the inspiration for a multi-faceted event at Mill Race Center scheduled for August 10 and 11. The Garden Party is a premiere event that will feature a juried floral display by the Mudlarks Garden Club, tablescapes by area florists and designers, educational displays and workshops, a café featuring locally grown ingredients, a garden shop and an exhibit of Daren Redman’s art quilts.
The Mudlarks Garden Club was founded in 1969 and its members organize biennial juried floral shows. The club has received many awards over the years. Most recently, the flower shows held in 2009 and 2011 both received the National Achievement Award for a Standard Flower Show Staged in a Public Place. The theme for this year’s show is Summer in the Park.
A display of tablescapes – designed table arrangements that showcase or highlight a specific object or collection – will be another highpoint of the event. Area designers and florists have been asked to create a tablescape using the theme of their choice. Themes are especially important when designing tablescapes and can be based around a particular event, season, hobby, or collection. Visitors will learn how tablescapes can set the mood and allow individuals to express their creative side by adding a personal touch to their own event or dinner party.
An exhibit of Daren Pitts Redman’s art quilts will wow visitors with their bright colors of chartreuse, yellows and reds – colors she enjoys throughout the year at her home in Brown County. Daren is nationally known and has been featured on HGTV’s That’s Clever. She designs, hand-dyes, paints and pole wraps her own fabrics. In addition to her art quilts, an installation titled Summer in Indiana will hang during the show. An abstract interpretation of an Indiana landscape, the design will feature her hand-dyed fabrics.
Workshops will include: a floral design presentation; landscaping techniques; plant photography; and a cooking demonstration using locally grown ingredients. Amber Wolfe, AgrAbility Project Coordinator for the Arthritis Foundation, will present Don’t Let the Dirt Hurt. Educational exhibits will include: the Bartholomew Co. Courthouse Project which began in 1970 by the Mudlarks Garden Club; attracting bees to your garden; invasive plants; Mill Race Park horticultural plan; as well as a gallery talk by the judge of the floral displays.
Tickets are $10 a person for MRC members and $12 for the general public. Visit www.millracecenter.org or call 812.376.9241 for more information.