Art in Bloom Set to Usher Spring Into SLAM This Weekend

By Amber Waterson
In Culture

St. Louis will get a sneak peek of spring’s beautiful colors this weekend, March 6-8, at Saint Louis Art Museum’s annual “Art in Bloom”—one of the most highly anticipated events on the city calendar. For three days, more than 35 floral installations from the region’s top floral designers interpret pieces in the museum’s collection and will fill SLAM’s galleries.

An interpretation of Monet's "Water Lilies" from last year's Art in Bloom. Photo courtesy of Saint Louis Art Museum.

An interpretation of Monet’s “Water Lilies” from last year’s Art in Bloom. Photo courtesy of Saint Louis Art Museum.

“This is a really great opportunity to impress the floral and art community,” says Keith McDonnell, owner of Botanicals Design Studio, which has been involved in the event for years. “The event will also bring together the St. Louis community in our beautiful art museum.”

The museum is always free, so patrons can catch the blooms in situ, but there’s also an intriguing line-up of both free and ticketed workshops, performances and complementary events, thanks in part to Brown Shoe Company, which, for the second year in a row, donated $25,000 as a lead sponsorship gift for the festival. Brown Shoe CEO Diane Sullivan called the festival a “treasured tradition in St. Louis.”

Events include a jazz and cocktail party Friday and Saturday evenings, floral demonstrations and arrangement classes, speakers, family scavenger hunts, a free family-geared theater performance from the St. Louis Repertory Theater and afternoon tea. There’s also an Iron Florist competition, where floral artists will battle it out for the title of top florist.

For more information, check out SLAM’s website.

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