During the holiday season, the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens transforms into an enchanted winter wonderland with the annual Festival of Trees. For the eighth annual holiday spectacular, the theme “Honoring our Fifty States” will highlight scenes from our country, with more than 25 trees setup throughout the gardens.
Each year, trees sponsored by area patrons and businesses are designed by an array of local interior designers, artists, architects and florists. Every aspect of the tree is meticulously planned and executed—no branch is left unturned in the pursuit of the perfect marriage between aesthetic, theme and originality.
As the eighth annual Festival of Trees transforms the gardens, “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” will take on tree form when Douglas and Fraser Firs morph into conical monuments of the 50 states. From Montana to Florida, natural and manmade landmarks, cityscapes, and the people that make this country great will make their tree debut, gracing the lawns, gardens and courtyards of the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens.
As one of the gardens’ major fundraising events, proceeds from the Festival of Trees supports not only the gardens but also its community enrichment program, which includes art exhibitions, literacy days, Earth days and student visits. Featuring a dazzling lightshow by Kevin A. Clark, and performances by local musicians, dancers and actors dressed as holiday characters, the family-friendly Festival of Trees has become one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season.
Returning this year, the Children’s Gala will welcome younger visitors to the gardens on December 14 from 5-7 p.m. Children will have their own garden adventure, with kid-friendly activities, special performances and live music, and a special light show.
The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens’ eighth annual Festival of Trees comes to life with the gala reception December 5 from 7-10 p.m., followed by Community Days from December 6-13 from 6-8:30 p.m. The Children’s Gala will run from 5-7 p.m. on December 14.
- Gala reception tickets cost $250 for nonmembers, $40 for children.
- Tickets for the Children’s Gala cost $40 for adult and child.
- Community Evening tickets cost $20 per adult and $7 for children.
- Check out the video of the fifth annual Festival of Trees, filmed and produced by Reynaldo Martin.