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Bonnet House Presents: A Night At The Museum

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Here at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, we are always looking for new ways to provide unique experiences for our guests. Finding new ways to connect visitors with the fascinating history of South Florida is a huge part of our mission and enables us to preserve and maintain our estate. This is why we are so excited to announce that we will be continuing our 100th-anniversary celebration by offering a new, once-in-a-lifetime experience that will pamper and educate our guests.

For a gift of $5,000, donors will have the opportunity to participate in one of two luxurious “Night at the Museum” experiences. Donors may select between one experience that offers dinner for two, an overnight stay in Bonnet House’s newly renovated suite, and breakfast the next morning.  Alternatively, donors can forgo the overnight stay and host an outdoor dinner on the veranda for eight guests, entertaining friends, and family members just as the Bartletts once did.

Both of these curated experiences will immerse participants in the leisurely life once enjoyed at a 1930s beachfront estate. They both include a private, docent-guided t our of the property as well as the rare opportunity to enjoy moonlit palms and watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. Guests will also be immersed in the elegant entertaining traditions of the Bonnet House estate and will get a glimpse into the leisurely lifestyles of Floridians in the early 20th century.

The “Night at the Museum” program is being offered to complete our museum’s $275,000 Re-vitalize Campaign that seeks to raise funds to support Bonnet House during a period of decreased visitation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, we have raised $181,000 towards our goal. In addition to a truly memorable evening, “Night at the Museum” program participants will have the satisfaction of knowing that they have helped revitalize Bonnet House.

We hope that you consider joining us for an authentic “Night At The Museum” experience. Your gift to us will not only provide you with lasting memories but will also help us continue providing unique and educational experiences for years to come. For more information about this program, click here.

Beautiful Shell Work On-Site At Bonnet House

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For much of his life, Frederick Bartlett was an avid art collector and artist, purchasing and creating unique pieces for his tropical South Florida estate. He even passed his passion for art along to his third wife, Evelyn, who became a prolific painter and talented art collector herself. Today, most of t his artwork is still on display at the Bonnet House estate for guests to enjoy as they visit the museum. But it isn’t just paintings and two-dimensional artwork that are on display throughout the estate – Bonnet House also displays quite a bit of shell art from the Bartlett’s original collection.

If you’ve toured Bonnet House in the past, you likely noticed that the Bartlett family had an affinity for shells and shell-themed artwork. In fact, eleven of Evelyn’s original paintings, and eight of Frederick’s paintings contain shells. Evelyn also purchased f our small shell assemblages that are in the shape of a bride’s basket in Nassau, which are still on display in our Music Room. As these intricate shell assemblages are very difficult to dust, we have them displayed under glass domes.

Another clear example of the Bartletts’ love for shells can be seen in the intricate shell designs in the Haitian Loggia. When the building was created, the designs were even more impressive, but a shadow of these details can still be seen today. Also featured at Bonnet House are the two shell flower arrangements in the white marble urns at the base of the pier mirrors.

Today, Bonnet House pays homage to the original owners of Bonnet House by continuing to display their shell art pieces throughout the estate. You can learn more about these pieces and other artistic elements shown throughout the museum on our guided tours available Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 am-4:00 pm, and Saturdays from 9:30 am-11:00 am. This is the perfect opportunity to see how many different pieces of shell art you can find throughout the property.

We hope that you and your family join us for a guided tour of Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. You’ll get to enjoy the natural beauty of our gardens, and learn about the artwork and design elements that make the property so unique. Click here to plan your next visit to Bonnet House Museum & Gardens.

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August Orchid Care Classes At Bonnet House

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Are you new to growing or caring for orchids? Or are you an experienced grower looking to hone your skills? Either way, Bonnet House offers a variety of interesting classes that cover both the basics of orchid care and more advanced techniques. These classes will be taught by our Orchid Curator, Jose Exposito, and his fantastic team of orchid care experts on staff at Bonnet House. These classes are extremely popular here at Bonnet House, and they even include guided tours of our Orchid Display House and Greenhouses.

Our Orchid Care Basics class will take place on Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, and again from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. In this class, students will be introduced to the various types of
orchids and will learn how to select the best locations for growing. Students will also be given instructions regarding basic cultivation techniques, including watering and fertilization techniques. For more information about this class, and to register, click here.

To learn about more advanced orchid care techniques, our more intermediate classes will take place on Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, and again from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. These classes will cover all aspects of transplanting orchids, with a special emphasis on the techniques and uses of different materials including cork, driftwood, plaques, baskets, and more. Proper sterilization of tools will also be discussed in order to limit the spread of potential viruses to your collection. To learn more about this class, and to register, click here.

Regardless of your knowledge of orchid care techniques, we hope to see you at our upcoming orchid classes this August. These classes are very popular and will fill up quickly, so be sure to reserve your spot today!

Bonnet House’s 4th of July Special

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Summer is in full swing here in South Florida, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for the exciting summer events and specials that we have planned here at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. This year, we have many exciting opportunities available for our guests to stay cool, while exploring our historic property and vast gardens. This 4th of July is just one of the days on which we will be offering discounted admission rates for adults and kids alike.

Here in Fort Lauderdale, the summer heat and humidity can be almost unbearable at times. But at Bonnet House, we do our best to ensure that our guests can stay cool and comfortable as they explore the air-conditioned Main House, and walk along our shady nature trails. Not only is Bonnet House a great place to stay cool, but it is also a great place to take your family and loved ones for a fun and educational experience.

This 4th of July, Bonnet House will be offering $10.00 admission for adults, and free admission for children 12 and under from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door upon
your entry. Join us for this special holiday celebration, and get a first-hand glimpse of the unique history of Fort Lauderdale, and our South Florida Community.

We hope that you and your family take the time to visit our historic estate on Sunday, July 4th, 2021. It truly is a special holiday, and we encourage you to take advantage of our annual 4th of
July special. To learn more about our 4th of July special, and to plan your next trip, visit our Events Calendar.

Join Us For Our Family Summer Special

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Here at Bonnet House, every season brings something new and special for our guests. This summer is no exception, with a variety of interesting classes, fun events, and special promotions going on throughout the season. Bonnet House Museum & Gardens provides guests with unique experiences each time they visit. We hope that you and your family take the time to visit our historic estate and expansive gardens for our Family Summer Special.

Beginning on June 1st and lasting through September 5th, Bonnet House will be hosting our annual Family Summer Special. This special deal includes $20.00 admission rates for adults, and free admission for anyone 17 and under. This is the perfect opportunity for you and your family to experience what life was like on a beachfront estate in the 1930s and 1940s while learning about the historic and ecological significance of the property.

Our 35-acre estate contains a Main House which features a whimsical collection of decorative and fine art, as well as a nature trail that is perfectly suited for families. Throughout our Family Summer Special, families can enjoy walking a one-way route around the beautiful Main House and take a self-guided tour through our expansive gardens. To give our guests an optimal experience, we have developed audio recordings that can be accessed from mobile devices as you walk through our estate. This artful and educational audio tour features information about each room, significant items from the collection, and the families responsible for the estate’s creation.

The Family Summer Special is available Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm through September 5, and tickets can be purchased at the Welcome Center. To learn more about the Family Summer Special, click here.

We hope that you and your family choose to visit Bonnet House Museum & Gardens this summer. With free admission for the kids, you and the whole family can spend a beautiful day learning about the historical and ecological significance of the property without breaking the bank. We hope to see you and your family at Bonnet House this summer. Click here to plan your visit!

Historic Restoration On Bonnet House Property

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Here at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, we have been busier than ever! With so many new events and classes taking place, it’s hard to imagine taking on even more major projects. But our dedicated team understands that taking care of a historic estate in South Florida is no easy feat and requires round-the-clock maintenance. That’s why we are excited to be restoring a few key areas of the Bonnet House property in the coming weeks.

Specifically, we will be focusing restoration efforts on our thatch roof, as well as the ponds located on the north and south ends of our property. These types of renovations are incredibly important to our estate and our guests. They not only ensure that our historic estate is preserved for future generations, but they also enable us to provide our guests with an enjoyable experience as they explore the Main House and gardens.

In order for Bonnet House to continue making these important historical renovations to our estate, we rely on donations from our supporters and guests. Our generous donors make our work at Bonnet House that much more effective and beneficial to our community. If you’d like to make a donation to support our restoration efforts, you can click here to donate any amount that you feel comfortable with.

While Bonnet House happily accepts donations of any amount, we do provide special options for our patrons who choose to donate large sums to our restoration efforts. For anyone interested in donating at l least five thousand dollars to the Bonnet House Revitalization project, we are offering a “Night At The Museum” experience for two in a newly refurbished second-floor suite. Depending on the amount you would prefer to donate, you can experience a multi-course dinner on our veranda with a curated menu, as well as breakfast in the morning that can include mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.

Even if you choose not to donate, we hope that you and your loved ones take some time to visit our estate to see the progress on our newest renovations. You’ll be sure to leave impressed and inspired by the beauty of our historic estate and vast gardens. To plan your next visit, and view information about admission and how we’re keeping you safe, click here.

Self Guided Tours Now Available In Spanish & German

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is located i n sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Our location in the center of a thriving metropolis i n South Florida puts us i n a unique position to cater to a variety of different guests that come to us from all over the world. It i s an honor to share the unique history of our estate, and the artistic legacy of the Bartlett & Birch families to people from all corners of the globe.

In an effort to ensure that all our guests can have the same opportunities to l earn about our historic estate, we have started offering self-guided tours in Spanish as well as German. We also plan on launching self guided tours i n Portuguese very soon.

Here at Bonnet House, international tourists can experience the unique charm and historic atmosphere that South Florida has to offer. With our expansive tropical and desert gardens, and our historic Main House, Bonnet House has so much to offer. By providing self guided tours in multiple languages, we aim to become a top destination for international tourists visiting Fort Lauderdale.

Bonnet House offers self guided tours Tuesdays – Fridays from 11:00am to 3:00pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Welcome Center on the day of your visit, or by visiting this webpage. Adult tickets can be purchased for $20.00 per person, and children are $8.00.

We hope that you and your l oved ones have the opportunity to visit our museum on your next visit to Fort Lauderdale. To plan your visit and learn more about how we’re keeping you safe, click here.

Adult Classes at Bonnet House

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With 2021 off to a great start, Bonnet House is already looking ahead to the future by offering a variety of interesting classes for adults. Our popular classes explore fascinating topics that
range from watercolor painting to the art of auctions. These classes all include knowledgeable instructors and provide you with the information you will need to succeed in each medium.

On Saturday, March 13th, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Bonnet House will be hosting our Watercolor Mini Workshop 2 covering glazes and underglazes. Students will be able to work with a series of
experiments and paint their own unique creations by using layers of glazes to enhance the colors. The instructor will teach the class using a slide show presentation, showcase examples
of finished artwork, and demonstrate appropriate techniques. Registration is $70 for Bonnet House members and $80 for non-members. Click here to register for this popular class.

On Thursday, March 25th, from 12 pm to 1 pm, we will also be featuring a free, members-only Lunch & Learn hosted by Christie’s, one of the world’s premier auction houses handling the sales
of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Tash Perrin, Deputy Chairman and Head of Auctioneering at Christie’s, will be hosting a Zoom-based webinar
to discuss Christie’s and the exciting world of auctions. She will conclude her presentation with information about the April 1st, 2021 Art of the Islamic and Indian World Auction that includes
the Bonnet House Qajar painting, and how to watch this important sale online. To register, click here.

Bonnet House believes in doing our part to advance the education of our community. We do this by offering a multitude of interesting classes and lectures that emphasize what was most important to the Bartlett family: art and nature. We hope that you will consider attending some or all of these fascinating classes. To learn more about our upcoming classes, click here.

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Bonnet House Garden Mart This March

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Spring is finally upon us, and the new season brings many new and exciting events here at Bonnet House. In addition to the various classes and lectures we are offering throughout the month of March, we will also be hosting another Garden Mart from March 27th – 28th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

This market will feature a variety of local vendors including:
● J & J Plants
● Lucky Bamboo 4U
Odom’s Orchids
Quest Orchids
Smiley Orchids
Soroa Orchids

Each of these vendors and many more will be featured at the Garden Mart this March and will offer a variety of orchids and native plants. All of the vendors are extremely knowledgeable about gardening, and are willing to help answer any questions you may have. Orchids, in particular, are unique in many ways, so this Garden Mart is a perfect opportunity to talk to experts, and purchase the necessary tools you’ll need to take care of your plants.

These weekends are always pleasant, and fun for the whole family to experience. The Garden Mart is $10.00 at the entrance for both members and non-members. Children between the ages of 6 and 17 are $8.00, and kids under 5 can enter for free.

We hope that you will consider joining us for our Garden Mart. You will be sure to enjoy the beautiful exotic and native plants while taking in the lovely atmosphere on the Bonnet House Grounds. To learn more about this event, click here.

Artists & Artwork at Bonnet House

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Bonnet House has had a long and varied history since its establishment in 1920. But today, the estate is a preeminent house museum dedicated not only to historic and environmental preservation but also to learning and creative expression. Both Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett were highly artistic individuals and ensured that art was featured prominently inside their estate. Today, guests have the opportunity to experience firsthand the artwork that so inspired the Bartlett family.

Both Frederic Clay Bartlett and Evelyn Fortune Bartlett were highly esteemed artists. Frederic’s work displayed at Bonnet House was influenced mostly by Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. He worked on mural projects in conjunction with American architects such as Howard Van Doren Shaw, and his easel work was acquired for the collections of several well-respected institutions including The Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh and the National Museum of American Art. Guests can find examples of his easel art displayed in the Bonnet House studio. Frederic’s murals and faux painting can also be found throughout the Main House.

But despite Frederic’s talents in creating art and collecting art, he often commented that his greatest artistic discovery was the innate talent possessed by his third wife, Evelyn Bartlett. With little formal training but a great deal of encouragement from Frederic, Evelyn began painting in 1933. For the next five years, she painted prolifically, and her work was featured in well-received gallery exhibits in cities such as Boston, New York, and Indianapolis. Today, guests can find Evelyn’s works proudly featured in Bonnet House’s Carl J. Weinhardt Gallery.

While enjoying the beautiful paintings on display at Bonnet House, don’t forget that the estate itself is a carefully crafted work of art in and of itself. After Frederic married Evelyn, the couple worked hard to add decorative embellishments throughout the estate in order to bring out the best in both the building and the natural environment surrounding the estate.

Next time you and your family are in the downtown Fort Lauderdale area, be sure to include a trip to the Bonnet House estate. You’ll be sure to find inspiration, and tranquility as you enjoy the artwork, and take in the natural scenery. To plan your next visit, click here or call (954) 563-5393.