The Arrival of Spring

Thank you to our sponsor for over a decade of support bringing this festive event to our visitors!


Join us for our annual Mayfest Celebration May 1-25, 2018. The gardens are open Tuesday-Sunday for you to enjoy and celebrate the arrival of spring!

Guided tours are available each Saturday for Mayfest! Advance purchase is required as space is limited and can be purchased here.

May 1 - Celeste Santerre

Local jewelry artist Celeste Santerre will be joining us for the day to help kick off our celebration of spring. Her unique pieces, including some with a botanical theme, are sure to tickle your fancy.

May 4-6 - Ikebana International #147

Ikebana International is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging. With chapters all over the world we are honored to have the Tacoma-Olympia chapter presenting oIkebanaver 20 displays in the living room of the Wagner House. Demonstrations in the Library courtyard, weather permitting. For more information about Ikebana International please visit

May 4-6 - Reid Ozaki, Studio Potter

Reid Ozaki has been a professional studio potter for over 40 years. In addition, he has been a teacher for more than 20 years. He has worked in porcelain with different glaze effects and is currently working in brown stoneware. His past garden influence with his grandfather sparked his interest in traditional Japanese arts. Reid's works will be displayed in the Sunroom and will be available for purchase. For more information on Reid, please visit

May 5 - Lakewold's Community Plant Swap, 10am-2pm

Bring your extra plants and seeds and discover some new treausres for your garden. All seeds need to be sealed (paper/plastic bags, envelopes, etc) and clearly labeled. Plant material should be bagged or potted and clearly identified.

May 11 - National Public Garden's Day

Enjoy buy-one-get-one free admissions this day only! Going solo? Then receive a free pass for a return trip to Lakewold Gardens good through September 30, 2018.

-----May 12-13 - Mother's Day Weekend

May 12 - Washington State Dahlia Society, 12pm

Bob Schroeder of The Washington State Dahlia Society will present “Dahlia 101” at noon on May 12th. Bob’s 60-90 minute presentation will cover the general history of the dahlia, types and sizes of dahlias, how to grow and save dahlias, and answer any dahlia questions from the audience. Bob will have tubers for sale from the WSDS. Bob has been growing dahlias for over twenty years and is a member of the Washington State Dahlia Society, is the Education Chair of the Federation of Northwest Dahlia Growers, and serves on the Board of the American Dahlia Society as the Judges Accreditation Chair. During dahlia season, Bob and his wife can be found participating in local dahlia shows in the Puget Sound.

May 12 - Juss Flyy

Be sure to stop by for a free treat from Juss Flyy Desserts. These dlectable delights are a work fo art for your taste buds. While supplies last.

May 12-13 - Carol's Art Gallery

Local artist Carol Manos returns with her unique and often whimsical pebble art. A perfect gift for mom, or for yourself!

May 12-13 - Andi Clarke Jewelry

Local jewelry artist brings her unique jewelry that reflects the beauty of and her love for nature. Andi’s creations are unique pieces made with sea glass, and pebbles that she discovers on our beaches, freshwater pearls, and vintage china that she hunts for in antique and thrift stores. When you buy one of Andi’s designs be assured that you are receiving a gift that is as one-of-a-kind as you are. Andi’s pieces are sold at Creative Forces gallery and gift shop at Hotel Murano in Tacoma and Childhood’s End in downtown Olympia. Check out all her amazing treasures at Andi Clark Jewelry.

May 12-13 - Coast and Clearing

Charlene Blackwell started this handmade bath company in 2013 as a personal commitment to self care with high-quality products such as exfoliating salt scrubs, bath bombs and salves. Once a side gig, Coast & Clearing is now a bustling family business with the addition of Charlene's husband, Rin, and his cold process soaps. Coast & Clearing's commitment to natural, filler-free bath and aromatherapy products create an experience of luxury and mindfulness that its creators hope bring peace and tranquility into their customers’ daily lives. Products are available online at their website, and in Tacoma at Ruston Mercantile, and PURE Beauty Bar on 6th Avenue.

May 12-13 - Side Door Pottery

Linda Ricci of Side Door Pottery creates fun and functional pottery that is designed for daily use and enjoyment! Linda’s interest in clay began when she purchased an art tile and decided she wanted to try to make her own one day. After taking a clay class, she was hooked and the art form became a big part of her life. Linda experiments with many techniques and mostly uses porcelain clay and sometimes brown clay. All pieces are original and are hand-painted, one at a time. Linda sells her art at farmer’s markets, local art shows, festivals, and galleries.

May 12-13 - Pashmina Palace

Annika Jones brings her handmade scarves for purchase. Made with organic fibers, these local artist accessories are sure to complete every wardrobe! Your purchase also supports the work of domestic violence and homeless related charities along with Lakewold Gardens.

May 12-13 - Specialty Floral Design

Tara Dixon, artistic florist and owner of Specialty Floral Design, will be onsite selling build-your-own fresh flower bouquets on Mother’s Day weekend! A professional florist for over a decade, Tara has a passion and love of floral artistry. Come meet Tara and find out what inspires her designs, and pick up the perfect gift for mom!

May 13- Twyla Eddins-Worthy 11am-2pm

May 15-25 - Mountain Valley Arts Club

In existence since 1972, the MVAC attracts artists to share knowledge in the visual arts. This exhibit, on display upstairs in the Wagner House, will also include painting and jewelry demonstrations throughout the week. Visitors can enjoy observing artists Linda Taylor, Paul Langston, Sheryl Willis-Frank, Shelly Kosko, Barbara Waid and Kathy Thompson.

May 15-25 - CPHS Photography Students

The Clover Park High School Photography students instructed by Mr. Jeffery Hurdus will display photos that have been taken over the last six months, at Lakewold. Participating students will have the opportunity to sell their photos, while the public chooses their favorite

During MayFest check-in on Yelp or Facebook to receive a FREE PASS to visit the gardens during the months of August or September.