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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.

New Year’s Resolutions & Community Support in 2021

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As 2020 comes to a close, it is a good time to reflect on the year that is behind us. It is important to consider all the good moments, as well as the bad ones, and begin to determine how we want to carry what we’ve learned into the new year. This year, our team at Bonnet House was
reminded once again of the importance of community and the vital role it plays in the future of our beloved estate.

2020 threw a variety of unprecedented challenges our way, but we were fortunate enough to have a wonderful community of supporters who helped us as we navigated this challenging year. It is hard to put into words just how much we appreciate each and every one of our guests,
volunteers, donors, and supporters. We are immensely grateful for the ability to continue our mission, and showcase this beautiful estate to locals and tourists alike.

But not every organization has been as fortunate as we have been this year. Many local community organizations, museums, and artists are struggling to make ends meet, and are at risk of shutting down. These organizations and artists are the lifeblood of the South Florida
community, and work tirelessly to improve our community.

This New Year, we encourage you to put forth your best efforts to support your local communities. Whether you live in a midwestern small town or a bustling metropolis in South Florida, do what you can to shop locally, and support community-based organizations and artists. By doing this, more money can stay within the community and help other small businesses and families directly in your area.

If you are interested in supporting Bonnet House in the new year, you can consider making a contribution to our Re-Vitalize Bonnet House campaign. This is a fundraiser to help us achieve our five-year comprehensive, strategic plan that includes advanced marketing efforts to attract tourists and broaden engagement with the local community. You can learn more about our campaign, and make a donation, here.

Connect With Nature At Bonnet House

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If you’ve ever visited Bonnet House, you know that our estate consists of much more than just a single, large home. In fact, the Bonnet House estate contains vast gardens and a multitude of fascinating wildlife for guests to enjoy. Interestingly enough, the grounds of Bonnet House exists on one of the few remaining examples of a natural barrier island ecosystem in South Florida. In order to preserve and showcase this unique ecosystem, we include many opportunities for guests to connect with nature, and experience the tranquility that comes with appreciating the outdoors.

This coming January, Bonnet House is excited to announce that Don Oprea will be hosting a ‘Forest Bathing’ class in the Bonnet House Hammock. This relaxing class will give guests the opportunity to slow down and tune out the stress of everyday life by connecting with nature. This course will take place on January 10th, 2021 from 10:00am – 12:00pm. The class is $20 for Bonnet House Members and $25 for non-members. To register, click here, or call 954-703-2606.

Bonnet House also offers a variety of artistic workshops that teach you how to create your own stunning landscape scenes inspired by the Bonnet House gardens. Starting in January, Bonnet House will be hosting our popular Watercolor and Acrylic workshops. Each workshop includes six weekly sessions that will cover the basic principles of whichever technique you choose. Each workshop will also include time to paint outside in our covered courtyards and gardens. To learn more, and register for a workshop, visit our events calendar .

If you are someone who finds your peace at work in the garden, our annual orchid care classes may be the right fit for you. Starting in January, Bonnet House will host classes that will teach you the basics of orchid care, repotting and pest control. You can purchase tickets and learn
more about these classes by visiting our events calendar .

It is important to note that you don’t have to attend a special class, or specific workshop to enjoy the gardens and wildlife here at Bonnet House. Guests are more than welcome to take a guided or self-guided tour of the estate and grounds as they visit. Taking a walk in our gardens is an activity that can either be fun for the whole family or enjoyed peacefully by yourself.

There is so much to learn and discover here at Bonnet House, whether it’s inside our main house, or outside in our gardens. We hope that you and your family take the time to explore and find peace in nature. Learn more, and plan your visit to Bonnet House, here.

Holiday Evening Tours In December At Bonnet House

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The Holidays are always such a special time here at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. It’s hard to believe that this festive time of year is just  around the corner once again. Although we will not be able to celebrate in the same way as we have in years past, the dedicated team at Bonnet House will do their best to ensure that guests can safely experience the magic of the Holiday season here at this beautiful estate.

In order to share some much-needed cheer with the community this Holiday season, our fantastic volunteer team of designers will be decorating festive trees, wreaths, and centerpieces that will be on display throughout the estate. Guests can also enjoy a self-guided tour experience that includes the beautifully adorned trees, wreaths and centerpieces featured within the exhibit rooms. These stunning decorations will be on sale and available for purchase, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Bonnet House Museum & Gardens.

The Holiday Evening Tours will take place Wednesday, December 16th, Thursday, December 17th, and Friday, December 18th from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm. The admission rate is $25 for adults, $10 for children between the ages 11-17, and free for kids 10 and under. It is important to note
that tickets must be purchased in advance, and only 50 tickets will be sold for each of these evening tours to promote physical distancing.

Guests (except children 2 years old and younger) must also wear masks/face coverings. “The Holiday programs we began offering in 2017 have rapidly become a community favorite,” said Bonnet House CEO Patrick Shavloske. “It’s a testament to our staff and volunteers that even a pandemic doesn’t damper their holiday spirit, creativity and love of Bonnet House.”

We hope that you and your loved ones can celebrate the joy of the Holiday season with us at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens this year. To learn more about our Holiday Evening Tours and to purchase tickets, click here .

Orchid Display House

Fall Classes & Guided Tours at Bonnet House

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Here in beautiful South Florida, it’s hard to believe that fall is right around the corner. But with the changing seasons comes a variety of exciting new classes and tours at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. This fall, our team is particularly happy to announce that not only will we be resuming guided tours of the estate, but we will also once again be hosting our popular orchid care classes!

If you’ve visited Bonnet House before, you are likely familiar with Evelyn Bartlett’s passion for tending to flowers, especially orchids. To preserve this legacy, Bonnet House hosts popular orchid care classes throughout the year, and even hosts an annual two-day orchid festival! This fall, we will be hosting two orchid care classes on Saturday, October 10th. The first class will take place from 10:00am to 12:00pm, and the second class will take place from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Each class will cover orchid care basics and will even include a greenhouse tour. To reserve your spot in one of our classes, click here.

Our team is also thrilled to announce that Bonnet House will resume guided tours of the estate starting on Thursday, October 1st. We will be conducting tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:30am – 11:00am. To ensure the safety of our guests, we will be limiting tour groups to no more than nine individuals. Of course our estate will still be open for self guided tours Tuesday through Friday from 11:00am to 3:00pm, as well as Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 4:00pm. You can click here to reserve your ticket today.

Autumn is such a beautiful time here in South Florida. Fall events in Fort Lauderdale are loved by community members and tourists alike. We hope you consider coming to Bonnet House Museum & Gardens with your loved ones this season. From our beloved orchid care classes, to  our popular and educational Bonnet House guided tours, we have something interesting to offer the whole family!

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September Discounts & Deals At Bonnet House

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September is such an exciting month here at Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. Now, through the end of the month, Bonnet House will be offering a discounted rate for families, and for those who mention Broward Attractions & Museums Month (BAMM) upon entry. With so
many discounts available to our guests throughout the month, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to visit the estate!

There are so many opportunities for family fun here in Fort Lauderdale. From our pristine beaches, to our vibrant culture, families that live in and visit Fort Lauderdale can always expect to experience a diverse array of family friendly activities. This is why we make sure to offer a
variety of programs, tours and events that are fun for the whole family. This September, we want to show families just how much we value their patronage by offering our Family Special , which includes a $20 admission rate for adults, and free admission for children 17 and under (must be accompanied by an adult).

If you’re interested in Fort Lauderdale discounts and deals, September is the perfect time to visit. Not only is Bonnet House offering discounted rates for families, but September is also Broward Attractions & Museums Month in Fort Lauderdale. With the purchase of one admission, museums like Bonnet House and other local attractions are  offering a second admission of equal or lesser value for free. Visitors just need to mention “BAMM” or inquire about the offer to purchase one regular price admission and get a second admission for free.

Here at Bonnet House, we are passionate about providing our guests with a meaningful cultural experience that connects the South Florida community with the legacy of the Bartlett Family. In that spirit, we always work hard to ensure that all our guests have a memorable experience here at our unique estate. With so many discounted things to do in Fort Lauderdale in September, we hope you’ll add Bonnet House Museum & Gardens to the top of your list!