easels in the garden


It is with great regret that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Easels in the Garden Tour 2020 and Art In Bloom, scheduled for May 1-2 in Edenton. If you have already purchased your Easels’ tickets, your money will be refunded.

As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to seriously threaten our public health and impact our daily lives, we need to work to proactively protect our visitors to Edenton, our artists, garden owners, and volunteers. Cancellation was the only responsible decision

Thank you for your continued support of the Cupola House Association and the Easels’ event. We also want to thank our generous sponsors, and their commitment and support of our Tour.

When all this is behind us, we hope to see you again in historic Edenton; the beautiful gardens will be waiting your return.

Please check back on this site for more detail on refunding purchased tickets.

The next Easels in the Gardens Tour will be held in the Spring of 2022.


This biennial event, sponsored by the Cupola House, is a unique pairing of special gardens with talented plein air artists, creating beautiful works of art, based on their interpretation of each garden.

The Art in Bloom exhibit brings this combination inside, at the Chowan Arts Council gallery, where floral arrangers each interpret a work of art. The finale of the 2-day event is a festive Garden Party, with displays of the artists’ work available for purchase.

Funds raised at this event are used to help maintain this historic site. Designated a National Historic Landmark, the 1758 Cupola House and its gardens are protected and preserved by volunteers, committed to its rich history.

Photos of the 2020 gardens.

Photos of the 2018 event.

Photos of the 2016 event.

Photos of the 2014 event.


Easels celebration seen from a cupola window


Read about early architectural changes we just discovered.

View a photo gallery of the Cupola House gardens.

View a beautiful UNC-TV documentary on Frances Inglis and the Cupola House.

View a WRAL-TV news report on the Cupola House Restoration.

View a UNC-TV “North Carolina Weekend” video about the Cupola House