You Should Take Your Mom to the MIA this Weekend

Because she like flowers. And Art in Bloom’s got ’em in spades (heh).

Moms like flowers. It’s a fact.

So in this run-up to Mother’s Day—which will catch you by surprise, by the way, no matter how many times you circle May 13 on your calendar—we’re getting out ahead of the holiday, putting petals to the metal now, as a sort of insurance policy against having to pay through the nose for an 11th hour bouquet delivery.

We’re taking Moms to Art in Bloom, which opens tomorrow at the MIA.

The annual event, now in its 29th year, welcomes floral designers into the museum, challenging them to create an arrangement in response to a piece of art on display. A literalist might mimic a still life, meticulously spilling tulips and daisies from a vase. More conceptual types might take aim at the Asian art collection, echoing the mystery of a surimono print in a stark bunch of allium.

For four days, the museum will be filled with bouquets—and with nose-tickling garden scents. Organizers are expecting more than 150 arrangements this year, and all of the floral work is done by volunteers. Anyone, regardless of experience, is welcome to participate. (Although, only the most pro-looking will be honored at Sunday night’s People’s Choice Award Ceremony.)

The event includes lectures (including a talk with world-renowned Dutch floral master Rene Van Rems), fashion shows, and lunches. But simply strolling through the display is free.

So bring your mom. She’ll dig it like it a gardener. Promise.

Art in Bloom
April 25–April 29
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Ave. S., Mpls.

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