Summer Brings Artful Garden Beds and Painting Competition to Windmill Island Gardens

Visitors from around the world are familiar with the tulip display at Windmill Island Gardens each May. However, many are not aware that the gardens are reborn each summer. After Tulip Time, staff removes tulips and replaces them with thousands of annuals in themed beds for visitors to enjoy. This summer Windmill Island Gardens is proud to offer ‘The Artful Garden’. 

Using garden beds as their canvas, horticulture staff designed the annual beds to mimic famous paintings. From Piet Mondrian’s modern colorful abstract work to Vincent van Gogh’s sunflowers, each bed features a floral nod to a featured painter. Beds contain informational signage about the artist and their work. Artists include Picasso, Degas, Pollock, O’Keefe, Warhol, Monet and more.

Guests will notice the beds change as the season progresses. Many will only appear for a short time as flowers mature, bloom, and recede. In addition, there are a handful of sculptural works by local artists that build on the art theme.

Development Manager Matt Helmus believes the beautiful flower display will surpass last year’s butterfly theme. “The butterfly beds were a huge hit with visitors. However, our horticulture staff truly outdid themselves by displaying the magical beauty that can be achieved with flowers.”

In conjunction with the garden displays, Windmill Island Gardens will be hosting ‘Art on the Island’ – a summer-long plein air painting competition. Artists are invited to bring easel and canvas to the Island to capture the beauty of the windmill, flowers, and natural setting. Prizes will be granted to the winners and announced at an Art Gala and Sale on Thursday, September 7th.

Information on these events and more is available at Visitors and artists alike are invited to experience the artistic beauty of Windmill Island Gardens this summer seven days a week through October 1st.