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Flamboyance! A Topiary Menagerie

The pink flamingo — an iconic garden motif that is unquestionably Floridian. In the Museum’s first ever horticultural exhibition, 50 topiary flamingos planted with pink flowering begonias will take over the Museum’s historically significant gardens, providing a fun, ironic, and whimsical riff on the classic garden ornament. Posed in groups throughout the gardens and grounds, the flamingos are a playful juxtaposition against the formality of our gardens, inviting visitors to experience the landscape through a new lens of color and creativity.

The ancient art of topiary—the artful pruning and shaping of plants into decorative shapes—dates to the first century C.E. The fantastical style of topiary on display during Flamboyance was pioneered by the Walt Disney Company in the 1960s, when the company began utilizing steel mesh frames wrapped over metal support structures in the shapes of animals, including Disney characters. The steel mesh structures are planted with fast-growing plants that can achieve the desired effect in far less time than traditional topiary art.

The flamingos are on loan from the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio. They are planted with begonias and grown for display by Museum horticulturists and volunteers.

On Display
Saturday, April 01, 2023 to Sunday, June 25, 2023
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Image from Franklin Park Conservatory's presentation

Made Possible By

Exhibition Season Presenters
    • City of Jacksonville
    • Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville
    • Ronald and Karen Rettner
Exhibition Lead Sponsors
    • State of Florida
    • The Robert D. Davis Family Endowment
    • The Schultz Family Endowment
Lead Sponsor
    • Joan & Preston Haskell
    • Florida Blue Foundation
Celebrated Sponsor
    • Munz Family Holdings, LLC
Tourism Sponsor
    • Visit Jacksonville
Program Partners
    • First Horizon Foundation
    • Hair Peace
    • Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board
    • Teresa and Michael Radzinski
Exhibition Sponsors
    • Director’s Circle Donors at the Cummer Museum
    • The Winston Family Foundation
Tuesday 11AM - 9PM
Wednesday 11AM - 4PM
Thursday 11AM - 4PM
Friday 11AM - 9PM
Saturday 10AM - 4PM
Sunday NOON - 4PM
Children (Ages 5 & under) Free
Students (Ages 6 - 17) $15
Adults $20
Seniors $15
Military $15
Educators $15
College Students Free Tue - Fri

$15 Sat & Sun
You may be asked to present valid I.D.