Summer Fun is Heating Up at Windmill Island Gardens

With August on the horizon, Windmill Island Gardens is amping up the summertime fun! In addition to beautiful flowers and a historic windmill, the park features several events that provide something for everyone. Visitors will have the opportunity to taste wonderful flowers, enjoy a beautiful art tea and capture the Island on canvas!

Many visitors love viewing beautiful flowers, but not all know that some flowers are edible! To explore the varieties of edible flowers, Windmill Island Gardens is hosting Taste the Roses – an event for gardeners and food enthusiasts alike! Guests will learn about edible flower varieties and receive a tour highlighting edible blooms on the grounds. The highlight of the event is tasting a variety of food made with flowers and getting recipes, tips and tricks to bring home! Local floral-centric food items from area businesses including Love’s Ice Cream and Fustini’s will be showcased at the event. Guests can ‘Taste the Roses’ on Tuesday, August 1st at 6pm. Space is limited so reservations via Eventbrite are required. The event is free to Friends of Windmill Island Gardens with a $5 suggested donation for guests.

On Thursday, August 10th kids are invited to an Art Tea in the Garden featuring a reading of Peter Rabbit by Ms. Potter herself! Attendees are encouraged to dress up and experience tea time with parents and grandparents! The afternoon will begin with Ms. Potter’s presentation followed by tea, snacks, crafts, and a tour of the gardens. The beautifully manicured gardens provide a perfect setting for kids to hear the tale of Peter Rabbit loved by several generations. The Art Tea will be Thursday, August 10th at 2:30pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and include admission to the rest of the Island’s attractions. They can be purchased on Eventbrite or at the event.

In conjunction with the seasonal theme of ‘the Artful Garden’, Windmill Island Gardens is hosting a plein air painting competition throughout the summer. Artists are encouraged to bring easel and colors to capture the natural and historic beauty of the park. Paintings can be entered in the competition through September 5th. The public is invited to a gala on Thursday, September 7th to view the entries and purchase a favorite painting to bring home. Registration information and further details for all events can be found at