In September 2017, Hurricane Irma devastated areas of the Florida coast. In particular, the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens suffered extensive damage to their historic gardens. During the storm surge, the river is estimated to have risen four feet, causing flooding that lasted up to 24 hours. The salinity of the water devastated all the living matter and the gardens were closed indefinitely.
To honor and preserve the historic plants, VIELÄ Jewelry, in collaboration with the Cummer Shop, created a custom jewelry collection. The image on the jewelry and the ornament is created with a real impression of boxwood cut from the Cummer Gardens. The parentage of this specimen dates to 1931, planted in Mrs. Cummer’s time, and cannot be readily purchased. Boxwoods are used throughout the Italian, English, and Olmsted Gardens. The Cummer Gardens are on the National Register of Historic Places.
To learn more about the Garden reconstruction, visit here.
The Boxwood Collection is available exclusively at the Cummer Shop. Please contact the shop directly for purchase.