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Annual Art and Bloom Festival is back at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens

This may be the most awe-inspiring event you could put together.

Flowers, Art, Music, Sunshine – The Art and Bloom Festival is back again.

In its 21st year, the picturesque setting at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens is an “act of love” by owner Bryan Zimmerman.

The website says the setup far transcends your average festival, describing it enthusiastically.

“Nature’s healing powers contained in this serene beauty bring a calmness and tranquillity to the soul.”

Regardless of the spot’s “healing powers,” the spectacle is likely a perfect date spot you’ll find all year.

Over 3,000 rhododendrons and hundreds of other native plants make the gardens alone a sight to behold.

Stunning art pieces will be placed throughout the gardens to add to the visual spectacle.

Sculptures of wood, stone, or glimmering metal, bright paintings and photographs will create the gorgeous art exhibit you’ve ever stepped into.

Fountains, pottery, and jewelry will also be scattered about and available for purchase. The whole thing will be a feast for the eyes.

But it doesn’t end there.

Workshops and “Sound Healing” booths will make for a more interactive experience.

Local musicians will play curated performances as you stroll. Anela Kahaimoe, Luke Blue Guthrie, Bruce & Judy Wing, Fred Siliani, Jana Seale and David Somers are just a few names on the setlist that stand out.

Add to this some delicious local food selections, and the event is a delight to all the senses.

This Valley classic is not to be missed and will take place this weekend from the 20th to the 22nd.

It will be open for viewing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday.

Tickets are $25, and Kids 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult.
Dogs are also welcome. For more information about the gardens and the festival, visit www.woodlandgardens.ca