Press release: Art in Bloom returns to the Saint Louis Art Museum next month

By | February 18, 2015

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 18, 2015 – Art in Bloom, the Saint Louis Art Museum’s celebration of fine art and fresh flowers, returns next month. The popular festival begins Friday, March 6 and runs through Sunday, March 8.

In addition to more than 35 floral installations interpreting works in the Art Museum’s encyclopedic collection, the three-day festival features a robust line-up of lectures, workshops and performances. A new event—Iron Florist St. Louis—features a three-way design duel that pits St. Louis florists against each other in a timed, high-pressure showdown.

Art in Bloom is made possible with support from Brown Shoe Company.

This year’s featured speakers include James Farmer, a landscape designer, best-selling author of gardening and entertaining books, television commentator, and editor-at large for Southern Living; as well as Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo, the collaborative team behind popular floral-design books and Studio Choo, a popular San Francisco floral-design shop.

Sunday, March 8 is Art in Bloom Family Day, and all children’s activities that day are free. Children can make their own floral arrangements, take a scavenger hunt in the galleries and enjoy a live production of The Emperor’s New Clothes by the Imaginary Theatre Company.

Art in Bloom has grown to become one of the museum’s most popular programs. Visitors will be able to enjoy striking floral displays throughout the Museum. Floral designers and garden clubs will unveil 37 imaginative displays celebrating works of art in the Museum’s collection.

The museum opens every day of Art in Bloom at 10 a.m. On Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7, the festival will remain open until 9 p.m. for Flowers After Hours, a free evening celebration featuring live jazz music in Sculpture Hall, as well as cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres available for purchase from a cash bar. Art in Bloom closes at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 8.

Admission is free. However, tickets are required for select programs, including lectures, demonstrations, and Iron Florist. Tickets may be purchased at the Museum’s Information Center or through MetroTix, which charges a service fee. A complete list of programs and ticket prices can be found at slam.org/bloom.

CONTACT: Matthew Hathaway, 314.655.5493, matthew.hathaway@slam.org