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Art in Bloom at Minneapolis Institute of Arts


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Photo courtesy of Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Whether or not Mother Nature cooperates, April showers will bring May flowers—it just might not be in the way you’d expect.

From April 30 to May 3, more than 150 floral arrangements will fill the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for the 32nd annual Art in Bloom. Inspired by the museum’s permanent collection (which spans 5,000 years and 83,000 pieces), the great thing about this event is that it offers a new perspective on the pieces—where else could you see how a florist interprets a painting or artifact? With arrangements placed next to their referenced works, visitors can walk the galleries in amazement of the creativity.

There are two other big pluses: It’s free, and there is an array of accompanying events to partake in.

April 29
5:30-7 p.m.: Silent auction and Art in Bloom pop-up garden shop
6-10 p.m.: Gala preview party

April 30
10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 7 p.m.: 45-minute Art in Bloom tours
10 a.m.: Lecture: Dean Norton, “Welcome Home Washington” ($30)
11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Boxed lunches (advanced reservation required)
Noon: Formal luncheon (advanced reservation required)
2 p.m.: Lecture and demonstration: Emily Thompson, “Classical Design with Wildly Beautiful Organic Materials”
5:30-9 p.m.: Flowers after hours
6:30 p.m.: Bachman’s flower fashion show
7:30 p.m.: Bachman’s “Bloom Off” floral fashion accessories competition

May 1
10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 7 p.m.: 45-minute Art in Bloom tours
10 a.m.: Lecture and demonstration: Debra Prinzing, “The Slow Flower Movement—From the Field to the Vase” ($30)
11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Boxed lunches (advanced reservation required)
2-4 p.m.: Hands-on floral workshop: Debra Prinzing, “Cultivating a Slow Flowers Bouquet” ($100)

May 2
10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 7 p.m.: 45-minute Art in Bloom tours
10:30-1:30 p.m.: Family day activities
1 p.m.: Cordova String Quartet
2 p.m.: Lecture: Dr. Marla Spivak, “State of the Bees” ($20 adults, $10 students)

May 3
11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., and 2:15 p.m.: 45-minute Art in Bloom tours
1 p.m.: Art in Bloom pedestal floral artists (private event)

So stop in, get your spring fix, and experience the museum in a new way. It might even inspire your summer plantings.

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