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Flowers After 5

Flowers after five 500Relax on Thursday evenings throughout summer. Stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. Garden partners with Richmond SPCA on second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5).

Thursday, June 4, 2015 - Thursday, August 27, 2015
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Details

Regular Garden admission

Thursday nights: June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015

NEW! We’ve added more Fidos After 5 nights! Leashed pets allowed June 11, 25; July 9 & 23 and August 13 & 27 ($2 suggested “pet admission” benefitting the Richmond SPCA)

Garden has extended hours till 9 p.m.

5 – 6 p.m. Family activities in the Children’s Garden
5 – 8 p.m. Wine, beer and food available for purchase on the lawn at historic Bloemendaal House
6 – 8 p.m. Live music at Bloemendaal House


  • June 4: Emme St. James and Her Jazz Gentlemen will perform an elegant blend of sophisticated jazz and cabaret standards reminiscent of days gone by.
  • June 11 (Fidos After 5): The Garcia Jazz Trio, featuring Antonio Garcia (trombone, vocals, percussion), John Conley (guitar), Brian Sulser (bass), and featuring special guest Mary Hermann Garcia (vocals). .
  • June 18: East of Afton, A Richmond based bluegrass band playing a high-energy mix of classics, newgrass and originals.
  • June 25 (Fidos After 5): Ban Caribe is an exciting blend of Afro-Cuban, Latin, Caribbean and Soulful Rhythm and Blues, all held together with pulsating percussion. The musical compositions and arrangements are spiritually inspired by the rhythmic beats and chants of African music. .
  • July 2: Aberdeen Green, Carley’s gritty, raw vocals are the culmination of her influences folk artists such as Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin, Bob Dylan and blues singers like Keb Mo and Eva Cassidy. Amanda’s stellar set of pipes produce a pure and simple sound that is meaningful. It’s no surprise to learn she grew up on the tunes of artists like the Dixie Chicks, Allison Krauss, and Bonnie Raitt. Put these two voices together and the result is an unforgettable blend of harmony. Its easy to get hooked on Aberdeen Green’s cool, Americana vibe. From two different farms in the Shenandoah Valley, Aberdeen Green will bring their authentic, homegrown Appalachian sound to you.
  • July 9 (Fidos After 5): The Original Elbe-Musikanten German Bandwill play the traditional style of German, Austrian, Czech and Slovak music such as polkas, marches, waltzes as well as other favorites.
  • July 16: The Flying Sulsers’ music is energetic and infectious, a raucous mix of Swing and Country peppered with strains of Hillbilly and Bluegrass. Led by Doghouse Bassist Brian Sulser, he is joined by the lovely Aimee Sulser on vocals, and featuring the amusing stylings of guitar phenom Marty Flipman.
  • July 23 (Fidos After 5): Exebelle and the Rusted Cavalcadetake inspiration from Virginia’s folk tradition as well as the rural country-rock of Ryan Adams, the Band and Neil Young (allmusic.com) featuring Philip Heesen, III: Lead and harmony vocals, guitar, harmonica, and percussion; Kerry Hutcherson: Lead and harmony vocals, pedal steel guitar, mandolin, guitar, and harmonica; Ben Willson: Lead and harmony vocals, keyboard; and Steve Chiles: Bass guitar.
  • July 30: Bruce Ewan, an internationally acclaimed blues harmonica player and vocalist from Washington, DC, has been called “a harmonica wizard” by The Washington Post. Guitarist Steve Jacobs spent 20 years as noted harmonica player Carey Bell’s (Alligator Records artist) bandleader and lead guitarist and played bass in the jump blues band Powerhouse during the 1970’s. Bassist Steve Shaw has performed for over 40 years with a wide variety of artists from Bobby Radcliff to the Uptown Rhythm Kings. Drummer Bob Berberich has been a legendary figure in the Washington, DC music circles since the 1960’s when he played with Nils Lofgrin & Grin, the Hangman, The Rosslyn Mountain Boys and the Dynettes.
  • August 6: Triple Crossing Jazz Project consists of lead Tenor Sax, Bass, Piano and Vocalist.  Bringing you their sophisticated style with vintage selections from the 1920s – 1960s.
  • August 13 (Fidos After 5): Sandbar with their soft guitars, mellow vocals and the tropical ambience of the steel pan will fill the air with Caribbean Country. Featuring Gary Snead, Ron McCarthy and Janet Reiner.
  • August 20:  The FREE Rangers play songs you want to hear again and songs you’ve never heard, a free-ranging Americana blend of bluegrass, country, cowboy, swing, folk,  blues  and  more, which  defies categorization. Tight vocal harmonies and acoustic instrumentation enhance their eclectic sound.
  • August 27 (Fidos After 5): Yo Mama’s Brass Band– Featuring Kelli Strawbridge, Gordon Saxman Jones, Bob Miller, Rob Quallich, Toby-Won Kenobi Whitaker, Scott Flynn, Steve Tinty Presley