ST. LOUIS, Jan. 25, 2016–Art in Bloom, the annual festival of fine art and fresh flowers, returns to the Saint Louis Art Museum on Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13.
Floral designers and garden club members will create more than 35 imaginative displays celebrating works of art in the galleries during one of the museum’s most popular programs. The three-day festival also features a robust line-up of lectures, family programs and Iron Florist St. Louis, a three-way design duel that pits St. Louis florists against each other in a timed, high-pressure floral-designing showdown.
(To download web-ready images of award-winning arrangements from last year’s Art in Bloom, scroll down and click on thumbnails in the image gallery.)
Art in Bloom is made possible with support from Caleres.
On Thursday, March 10, the Friends Board of the Saint Louis Art Museum will host the Art in Bloom Preview Party, an elegant seated dinner with live music set among the floral displays of Sculpture Hall. Tickets are $175 per person. Advance reservations are required and available online or by calling 314.655.5385.
This year’s featured speakers include three authors who have written about the intersection of flowers and design—fashion designer and lifestyle maven Carolyne Roehm, outdoor-living expert Debra Prinzing and Missouri florist Andrea K. Grist.
For a second year, Keith McDonnell and Dean Riebeling from Botanicals Design Studio will host Iron Florist St. Louis on Saturday, March 12. Area florists will team up with local celebrities to test their skills during this floral showdown where each team creates an arrangement from a supply of mystery items.
Sunday, March 13 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 storytelling with special visitors from The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Where the Wild Things Are.
Art in Bloom is open to the public every day of the festival at 10 a.m. Museum members can come early at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12.
On Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12, 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 13.
Admission to Art in Bloom is free. However, tickets are required for select programs, including lectures and Iron Florist. Tickets may be purchased at the museum 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, firstname.lastname@example.org