May 7, 2012

Evergreen Museum & Library hosts a garden party

The second Alice’s Wonderland Garden Party, sponsored by the Evergreen Museum & Library Advisory Council, will welcome spring from the formal gardens of Johns Hopkins’ Evergreen Museum & Library from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10.

Approximately 200 guests are expected to attend this festive fundraiser for the former Gilded Age estate of legendary Baltimore collectors and philanthropists John Work Garrett and his wife, Alice Warder Garrett. Funds raised through the event will support the museum’s ongoing historic preservation efforts.

The evening includes an open bar, cocktails and wine, Wonderland-themed hors d’oeuvres and raw bar, live music by the Cold Spring Jazz Quartet, museum and special exhibitions viewing, and a silent auction.

Guests also will have an exclusive first look at the museum’s outdoor exhibition Sculpture at Evergreen 7: Landscape as Laboratory, which opens to the public on May 13 and features 10 site-specific installations created by students in the University of Maryland’s Landscape Architecture program (see story, page 1).

Inside the mansion, from 6 to 7 p.m., guests will be able visit the first-floor period rooms and exhibitions, including the landmark retrospective Alix Ayme: Western Perception and Asian Poeticism and the temporary paper-sculpture installation Lullaby in Evergreen by the museum’s artist in residence, Tai Hwa Goh.

Garden-party attire with a fabulous hat for the Mad Hatter’s Hat Contest is encouraged. Prizes will be awarded for the best lady’s and gentleman’s hats in five categories: Vintage or Traditional, Spring Bounty (live flowers), Most Creative, Show Stopper and Best Ensemble.

Tickets are available by phone at 410-516-0341 or online at Individual tickets are $100 per person ($125 at the door); contributor, $250 per person; patron, $600 (includes two tickets); and benefactor, $1,000 (includes two tickets). All but $45 of each ticket is tax-deductible. Tickets for Johns Hopkins students are $45 and available only by phone. A selection of silent auction items is available online for preview and pre-bidding through the museum’s website, The online portion of the auction will close at 5 p.m. on May 9, and bidding will continue at the event on May 10.

Alice’s Wonderland Garden Party is made possible, in part, through the generosity of DLA Piper. Additional support is provided by B. Creative Group, The Baltimore Sun Media Group, The Cliff Dwellers Garden Club, Courtesy Parking, Loane Brothers, Watson Caterers, The Wine Source, Woodberry Graphics and WYPR 88.1 FM.