Media alert: St. Louis florist wins Art in Bloom’s Best in Show award with riff on Driftwood on the Bagaduce

By | March 6, 2015

ST. LOUIS, March 6, 2015 – Veteran St. Louis floral designer Dean Riebeling won Best in Show at the Saint Louis Art Museum’s Art in Bloom for his floral interpretation of Driftwood on the Bagaduce by Marsden Hartley.

(See Riebeling’s arrangement and all the Art in Bloom winners in this online gallery.)

Art in Bloom opened today (Friday, March 6) and runs through the weekend. Visitors to the popular, free festival will find more than 35 floral arrangements interpreting works of art in the Art Museum’s collection.

This year’s Art in Bloom judges included Art in Bloom 2015 chair Meredith Holbrook, designer and best-selling author James Farmer and Angelique Joseph, lead designer for Brown Shoe Company’s Naturalizer brand. Visitors can vote through Saturday for the People’s Choice awards for Best in Show, Best Creative Design, and Best Traditional Design. Ballots are available at the Museum.

Riebeling owns Botanicals Design Studio with Keith McDonnell, and the two will provide commentary and analysis Saturday night for Iron Florist, the three-way design duel debuting at Art in Bloom this year.

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 and Saturday, 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

CONTACT: Matthew Hathaway, 314.655.5493,