Image: Martin Johnson Heade (1819–1904), Tropical Orchids (detail), 1870–1874, Oil on canvas. 21 1/8 x 17 1/8 in. Olana State Historic Site, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; OL.1981.39.A.
Dear members of Reynolda House and Friends of Reynolda Gardens, 

As a supporter of Reynolda, it might not come as a surprise that extraordinary experiences with art and nature can have a transformational impact on a person’s life. What you may not know is how critical your support is to making these experiences a reality. 

As we embark on a new season at Reynolda House and Reynolda Gardens, I want to express my sincere gratitude for your enduring support.

As a member of Reynolda House, you help to keep our doors open and admission free for more than one-third of our visitors. 

As a Friend of Reynolda Gardens, you help keep our grounds and gardens beautiful and growing for thousands of visitors each year. 

A season of fresh opportunities for connections and learning is in bloom at Reynolda. Starting next month, we’ll explore the intersection of art and nature like never before with the traveling exhibition Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and our Contemporary Moment, which opens to museum members, first responders, and Wake Forest University faculty, staff and students on Feb. 19 as part of the Museum’s reopening Weekend of Gratitude

We are also excited to offer new Outdoor Walking Tours and virtual education programs for learners of all ages. And, your garden will thank you when you mark your calendars for the popular (and free!) Tuesday Gardening Series, launching on March 2. 

You might notice we’ve added a new section to our member’s publication, “In Bloom,” which highlights the myriad opportunities to explore the estates blossoms found throughout our formal gardens, greater gardens, and nature trails in the coming months. Our top outdoor must-see? The revival of the Gardens Japanese cherry tree allée, originally designed by Thomas Sears in 1917 to flank the formal gardens. Forty-four trees will offer moments of renewal for visitors this March, creating the largest display of cherries in the Carolinas and reviving a beloved historic tourist attraction.

View our new digital guide below now to learn more, and watch your mailboxes for it to arrive soon.
No matter how you choose to engage with Reynolda, I look forward to learning what inspires you in the coming weeks. 

Sincerely,
Executive Director, Reynolda House
Wake Forest University Associate Provost for Reynolda House & Reynolda Gardens