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Money-saving tips for planningyour Bonnet House wedding

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Money-saving tips for planning your Bonnet House wedding:

Limit your guest count.  The owners of the historic estate were known for intimate gatherings with only very close friends and family.  Consider a small affair of 50 or less guests to save on the rental fee.  You’ll save in other areas too, such as catering and rentals.

Hire a wedding planner.  A lot of couple shy away from spending money on planners, but keep in mind that many planners receive discounts from the companies they contract with, and that savings can make a big impact on the bottom line.  Preferred planners like Event Bliss and Blonde Events can also help make important decisions on décor and layout and find ways to eliminate unnecessary spending.

Choose your accessories wisely.  Many couples chose to purchase gifts for their guests.  From presents at each place setting, to farewell gifts during departure, these gestures can get expensive and some guests forget and leave them behind altogether.  Concentrate on hosting a fun event and scratch the extras.

Choosing Bonnet House Museum & Gardens for your wedding means that you get built-in décor.  Our staff spends countless hours making sure the property looks beautiful for your wedding day and choosing over-the-top décor can overpower the garden setting. Choose a florist, such as Victoria Park Flowers, who can steer you in the direction of a less-is-more design approach and save big!

Consider a cocktail style wedding.  The estate is well suited for a cocktail party and having your guests mingle at cocktail tables instead of sitting at assigned tables adds a level of energy to an otherwise sedate event.  Caution: Most guests still expect to eat dinner at weddings, so be sure to mention in your invitation that it’s a cocktail party and have enough food (passed or stationed) to go around!

Purchase your own liquor.  Most caterers will provide a bar and bartender to serve the liquor that you have purchased.  The savings can be significant and you can take the leftovers home!

Shorten your cocktail hour, or eliminate it altogether! Consider taking your family photos before your ceremony, so that you can enjoy your party and avoid keeping your guests waiting.  Many photographers, like Clay Wieland, can make that first look between the bride and groom as special (and more intimate) than the ceremony first look.

Remember that Bonnet House is a not-for-profit organization, so tipping is not allowed for staff and volunteers.  Save money on gratuity and at the same time, help to preserve one of Ft. Lauderdale’s treasures!

 

Expert Orchid Care Tips fromBonnet House’s Orchid Curator

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Evelyn Bartlett, the original owner of beautiful, historic Bonnet House, was a passionate orchid collector. The varieties she left to Bonnet House comprise one of the largest collections of orchids in the Southeast United States, attracting orchid lovers – both enthusiasts and novices – from all over the world.

Expert Orchid Care Tips

For all those die-hard orchid aficionados, here are some tips from Bonnet House’s expert orchid curator:

• Orchid pots (clay/plastic) can be reused if sterilized.  Scrub/soak in bleach
   water, then rinse very thoroughly.
• In the process of attaching an orchid to a mount, the new growth must be placed
   toward the mount and it must be tied/secured on very tightly so as not to wobble.
• Phaelanopsis and vandas are monopodial orchids and have no water storage.
   Phaelanopsis potting media should always stay moist. Vandas should be watered daily.
• Cattleyas, dendrobiums, oncidiums are sympodial orchids and have psuedobulbs as
   water storage.  These need to dry thoroughly between watering.
• Phaelanopsis need to be repotted yearly, and they need a drop in temperature to know
   it is the right time of year to bloom.  If growing inside, you may need to move it
   outside into a shady spot for about a week of 55 degrees.
• Fertilizing on a regular basis makes healthier plants that give you bigger, better flowers.
• Reduce fertilizing during winter months as the orchids are in a resting cycle.

Our beautiful orchid collection is one of the many reasons why a visit to South Florida is truly not complete without time spent at beautiful, historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. The story told here spans and parallels a wide swath of American history and makes a visit both to these pages and to the estate a uniquely educational and entertaining experience.

Bonnet House is located at 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. For more information and details, please call (954) 563-5393.

Hertz Latin America Special Offer

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Mention “Hertz Latin America Offer” when you purchase an admission ticket to the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens and receive a complimentary Life & Gift book that details the history of this beautiful estate and depicts its colorful past through recollections and imagery. Special offer good May 1, 2014 – October 15, 2014.

14th Annual Fundraiser“Impressions: A Juried Art Exhibit”

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens presents its 14th Annual Fundraiser
“Impressions: A Juried Art Exhibit”
Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6pm

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens presents its 14th Annual Juried Art Exhibit and Fundraiser Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6:00p.m. “Impressions: A Juried Art Exhibit” is set to open with a private showing for V.I.P. guests starting at 5:00pm. V.I.P. guests will be treated to champagne and hors d’oeuvres, preview the exhibition, and partake in a rare viewing of the exclusive private living quarters of Evelyn and Frederic Bartlett, Bonnet House’s former owners. The reception opens to members of the public at 6:00 p.m.

The juried art exhibit showcases artists from throughout Florida and the artists’ personal interpretations of this country’s architecture, nature, or culture. All guests and participating artists are invited to cast votes for their favorite artist in the exhibition. The artist receiving the highest number of votes will receive the People’s Choice Award, awarded that evening. All of the artwork in the Impressions competition will be available for sale with 50% of the proceeds benefiting Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. The Impressions exhibition will be on display from March 6 through May 4, 2014 during Bonnet House regular tour hours.

Additional highlights of the evening will include fine food, fine wine and entertainment throughout the house. For additional information and reservations, please visit us at https://bonnethouse.org/impressions/.

Weddings are Truly Unforgettable at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

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Fort Lauderdale Florida Wedding Venue Bonnet-House

If you are looking for a unique venue for your wedding ceremony and reception, you have found the perfect South Florida location. Known as Ft. Lauderdale’s best kept secret, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens embodies old-world charm and understated elegance. Originally built in 1920, Bonnet House exudes the whimsy and eclectic taste.  Artwork and decorative flourishes can be seen at every turn and the love for nature is evident in the surrounding grounds.

Spanning 35 acres, Bonnet House offers a variety of exquisite settings for events of any size, each uniquely beautiful.  Whether you are planning a close and intimate gathering or a grand and lavish affair, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens set the scene for romance and timeless memories.  Our dramatic spaces, such as the Hibiscus Garden, fountain courtyard, water front veranda, and tree-lined alee all provide memorable possibilities for weddings.  Aside from the exclusive use of Bonnet House property for your wedding, we also provide:

• Use of the property for photography two hours before ceremony
• Private use of upstairs bridal suite
• Personal Bridal Assistant
• Ceremony and Front Door Hostess
• Complimentary tram service for guests to be escorted from the parking lot to the main house.
• Free parking
• Rehearsal and Ceremony coordination
• Ceremony microphone and speakers
• Two hours for set up and one hour for clean up

Bonnet House is a unique venue and was awarded Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award for 2014. The Estate is shown by appointment only. For additional rental information or a tour, please contact Nicholle Maudlin, Events Manager at 954-703-2608 or at [email protected]

Another Great Season of Concerts Under the Stars Gets Underway at Bonnet House

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Another Great Season of Concerts Under the Stars Gets Underway at Bonnet House

One of Fort Lauderdale’s most popular music series marks its return on Thursday, January 23 at 7pm, when the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens kicks off its 18th season of the Young Artist Music series with a performance by the University of Miami’s Frost Opera Theater, featuring Graduate Students pursuing Masters and Doctorate degrees in the University’s Department of Vocal Performance. Also featured are two undergraduate students who recently attended the National Opera Association conference in New York City, where they performed a duet from Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love.

The sensational season continues on February 13 with Florida Atlantic University’s Latin Vocal Ensemble, followed on March 13 by the Lynn University String Quartet, and culminates with the April 10 presentation by Florida Grand Opera’s rising stars.

Beginning as a community outreach program, the Young Artist Music series has successfully become one of Bonnet House’s most treasured programs. Individual tickets for this very special 18th anniversary season range from $35 – $45 per performance and series tickets from $120 – $160, so everyone can enjoy musical evenings under the stars like no other. And this year, the best gets even better, as – in addition to a great musical evening – wine, dessert and coffee will be included in the price of admission through the auspices of Whole Foods Market. It’s quite possibly the “best deal in town.”

The beautiful art for the Young Artist Music Series poster is produced by the honors class at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, with this season’s winning design provided by Paul Tran.

Bonnet House is located at 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (954) 703-2614 or visit us at www.bonnethouse.org/calendar/

Art Classes Offered at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, Fort Lauderdale

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Art Classes in Fort Lauderdale Florida

Learn the art of calligraphy, watercolor, acrylics and  zentangle amongst the nature and beauty that make up the Bonnet House Estate. Bonnet House Museum & Gardens offers two sessions of each workshop ranging from three to six weeks each. All classes are taught outdoors surrounded by luscious landscapes, contrasting colors and tropical motifs to inspire the artist in you.

Art Classes Offered at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens in Fort Lauderdale
Art class schedule is as follows:

Watercolor workshop with Karen Eskesen ($120 members, $150 non-members)

Session I: Wednesdays, now through February 12 from 9:30am – 12:30pm and 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

Session II: Wednesdays, February 26 – April 2 from 9:30am – 12:30pm and 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

Acrylic workshop with Nia Nakis ($120 members, $150 non-members)

Session I – Thursdays, now through February 13, 9:30am -12:30pm.

Session II – Thursdays, February 27 – April 3, 9:30am – 12:30pm.

Zentangle workshop with Shawn Ann Hayden ($105 members, $120 non-members)

Session I – Tuesdays, February 11 – 25, 12:30pm – 2:30pm.

Session II – Tuesdays, March 4 – 18, 12:30pm – 2:30pm.

Calligraphy workshop with Tony Pastucci ($100 members, $125 non-members)

Tuesdays, now through February 11, 9:30am – 11:30am.

Tuesdays, February 25 – March 25, 9:30am – 11:30am

Class space is limited to 15 students and each workshop requires pre-registration. To register visit us at  www.bonnethouse.org/adult-workshops or contact Linda Schaller at (954) 703-2606 or [email protected]

Volunteer at Historic Bonnet House

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Wouldn’t it be great to spend your days roaming one of the nation’s most beautiful historic houses and gardens? And wouldn’t it be immensely rewarding to help others share in its transcendent beauty and remarkable history? This wonderful opportunity is there for you when you become a volunteer at historic Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, helping visitors to truly experience the uniqueness of this architectural jewel and its surrounding lush tropical gardens. Bonnet House volunteers have many opportunities to serve, and it is through the efforts of our dedicated volunteers that we are able to maintain the integrity of this unique historical estate and to ensure a pleasant and enjoyable experience for each guest who visits.

There are a variety of ways – to suit everyone’s skills and talents – in which you can serve as a Bonnet House volunteer. You can become a Lead Guide, sharing the Bonnet House story as you guide visitors through a tour of the main residence, or you can become an Education Volunteer, promoting Bonnet House’s educational missions. There are wonderful opportunities for Back-Up Guides, assisting the Lead Guides, and for Nature Trail Interpreters, who share historical, environmental and botanical facts with the visitors.  Other volunteer opportunities available include Bridge Greeters, who welcome visitors and providing directional information; Courtyard Coordinators check admissions and monitor the courtyard to ensure proper flow; Museum Shop Assistants help maintain control and oversee items in the Gift Shop; Collections Volunteers work with the Curator in the care and maintenance of archives; Research and Library Volunteers create the Bartlett’s book collection; and Data Input Volunteers compile and input data in various formats for events and files.

A visit to South Florida is truly not complete without time spent at beautiful, historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. Help us to tell visitors a fascinating story that spans and parallels a wide swath of American history, and makes their visit to the estate a uniquely educational and entertaining experience.

Volunteer at the Historic Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale

Bonnet House is located at 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. For more information about becoming a volunteer, please call (954) 563-5393 or visit www.bonnethouse.org/opportunities – we look forward to sharing this wonderful experience with you.

A Full Day at Bonnet House is a Day Full of Fun-Filled Activities in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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A Full Day at Bonnet House is a Day Full of Fun-Filled Activities in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

When you visit Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, you not only get to enjoy one of the most historic – as well as most beautiful – house and gardens in our nation. You’re also welcome to participate in a plethora of activities to make your day truly memorable.

The bright and airy Caribbean style house, built in the early part of the 1920s and located in a 35-acre slice of breathtaking waterfront property, is an architectural gem reflecting original owner Frederic Clay Bartlett’s vivid artistry throughout, with painted faux marble floors and murals on walls and wood ceilings in major rooms. And the gardens and winding nature trails surrounding the house – and the native wildlife inhabiting the grounds – are every bit as impressive. But that is only the beginning.

You can register for a VIP experience at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens by taking a sneak peek inside normally-closed areas – showcasing rooms not seen on regular tours – of Evelyn and Frederic Bartlett’s private living quarters, in tours led by seasoned Bonnet House docents.

You can also register for a breathtaking Orchid Greenhouse Tour. Our greenhouses and display house hold approximately 1,200 beautiful plants in various stages of development, and our Bonnet House Orchid Curator will show you around and discuss how our orchids are bred and cultivated (including our impressive seedling program). This tour is an absolute treat for orchid enthusiasts and novices alike, and exquisite varieties of orchid seedlings are available for purchase.

But wait, there’s more! If you love art, you can participate in Outdoor Watercolor and Acrylic Workshops, where you will draw and paint from floral, landscape and architectural motifs in a beautiful tropical setting. If bird watching suits your fancy, you can register for Birding Classes and enjoy a better look at our fine-feathered friends. And why not wind up a sensational day with an enchanting musical evening, enjoying our popular Concerts Under The Stars, with live performances by the finest young talent in South Florida on the beautiful Bonnet House Veranda – with complimentary wine, dessert and coffee.

A visit to South Florida is truly not complete without time spent at beautiful, historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. Besides all the exciting activities to be enjoyed, the story told here spans and parallels a wide swath of American history and makes a visit both to these pages and to the estate not only most entertaining, but also uniquely educational. Bonnet House is located at 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. For more information and registration details for all activities, please call (954) 563-5393 or visit BonnetHouse.org.

Concerts Under the Stars Opens January 23

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens kicks off its 18th season of the Young Artist Music on Thursday, January 23rd at 7pm with a performance by the University of Miami’s Frost Opera Theater. We are delighted to offer the Fort Lauderdale community what we consider to be the ‘best deal in town’. Wine, dessert and coffee are donated by Whole Foods Market this year and are included in the price.

The season continues on February 13th with Florida Atlantic University Latin Vocal Ensemble. On March 13th we have Lynn University String Quartet and for our fourth and final performance on April 10th we have Florida Grand Opera’s rising stars.

 Individual tickets range from $35 – $45 per performance and series tickets from $120 – $160, everyone can enjoy an evening under the stars like no other Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale graphic design honors class designs our posters each year with this year’s winner being Paul Tran.

 What started as community outreach has become one of our most treasured programs. We are looking forward to this very special 18th anniversary series.

Concerts in Fort Lauderdale

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (954) 703-2614 or visit us at www.bonnethouse.org/exhbits&events.