Music in the Garden

After canceling the 2020 Music in the Garden fundraising event last spring due to the pandemic, the Eugene Symphony Guild has embarked on a virtual version of this beloved showcase of local homeowners’ gardens during a day long self-guided tour.

This year, six Eugene homeowners are participating in a filmed version of the garden tour, complete with local musicians playing in most of the beautiful settings. Videographer Jeremy Bronson is producing the virtual tour guided by the Music in the Garden fundraising committee, an all-volunteer group of devoted Guild members. Garden owners will share their stories as viewers enjoy lush landscapes, native and exotic plants, blooming trees and flowers, and exquisite architectural details, some from a bee’s eye view!

“We made this decision for the safety and health of our garden homeowners, Guild members and volunteers, musicians, vendors, and our supportive community of attendees,” explained Board President Suzanne Shapiro. “For 22 years we have successfully engaged our community in this beloved event, often raising up to $20,000 that directly supports the Eugene Symphony Association,” she continued. “Though an in-person event has been the tradition, this year’s virtual format means viewers near and far can enjoy and share the tour at their convenience on their favorite screens.”

The virtual tour’s premiere is set for Sunday, June 27, 2021 on the Guild’s YouTube channel and is free to watch and share. Tickets to the event traditionally have been sold through several area gardening retailers and from Guild members, at a cost of $15 prior to the event and $20 at the event. The Guild is asking the public to consider a donation of $15 per household to help continue the Guild’s mission: a vibrant social non-profit organization that brings people together through fundraising events and music education and outreach programs that support the Eugene Symphony. All proceeds from the virtual tour benefit the Eugene Symphony Association.

The Guild membership has created a Matching Fund that will match every dollar donated to the Music in the Garden virtual tour, up to $5,000. This year’s Title Sponsors are Jerry’s Home Improvement Center and Lane Forest Products. Support is also provided by KVAL13, Johnson Brothers Garden Market, Gray’s Garden Center, Roger Langeliers Construction Company, and JLN Design.

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