hieronymous-bosch-the-garden-of-earthly-delightsFor 17 years now New Dance Horizons has been holding this July fundraiser. What it involves is a self-guided tour of Regina and area gardens with special performances by local dance artists at various locations on the tour. Each year, there’s a different theme and in 2014 it’s The Garden of Earthly Delights.

Art history buffs will likely recognize that phrase as the title of a 15th century triptych (pictured above, click to enlarge) by Early Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch. The painting riffs on Biblical themes tied to Heaven and Hell. The left panel references the creation story from Genesis, while the right panel is meant to symbolize damnation, with the centre panel depicting a garden that’s kind of a cross between paradise and a pretty neat acid trip.

There are nine Regina gardens on the tour, along with three satellite gardens and a stop at historic Bell Barn in Indian Head. The gardens will be available for viewing Friday July 11 from 6:30-9:30 p.m., Saturday July 12 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 7–10 p.m. and Sunday July 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets are $40, and more info can be found at NDH’s website.