MAM Art in Bloom
Photo: courtesy of Laurelyn Savannah Photography

Is there a better way to appreciate the coming of spring than by taking in the aromas of blooming flowers?

April 12 marks the return of one of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s most popular events: Art in Bloom.

This annual event offers visitors the chance to observe — and smell — 40 art-inspired floral installations on display throughout the museum. Each arrangement is inspired by a work from the Museum’s collection. Arrangements are put together by regional experts in gardening as well as floral and landscape designers.

“The stunning colors inspired by our collection of art, combined with the amazing work of our talented local floral designers, make Art in Bloom a must-see event,” stated Krista Renfrew, Director of Special Events at the Museum, in a press release. “This event has something for everyone and visitors will leave feeling inspired for spring.”

Art in Bloom will also feature a variety of additional activities and programs including a floral fashion show and a florist design competition. See below for more details.

Art in Bloom is sponsored by Educators Credit Union, with additional support from S.J. Janis Company, Milaeger’s and media partner M Magazine. The event is open April 12 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and April 13 through April 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for members, $20 for adults ($17 in advance), $18 for seniors and students and free for children 12 and under.

High Tea: An afternoon tea complete with fresh scones, sandwiches and pastires. Requires reservation and additional cost. April 12 through April 14, 4 p.m. at Café Calatrava.

Farm-to-Table Dinner: Enjoy the pleasures of eating locally during a four-course dinner showcasing the best of Midwest agriculture. Many of the vegetables, herbs, meats and fruits used to create this special experience will be presented by their farmers and producers. Requires reservation and additional cost. April 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Café Calatrava.

Pot de Fleurs Container Planting Workshop: Learn to plan “floral fashion,” in this hands-on workshop with Heidi Hornung of Shady Lane Greenhouses. Learn to mix colors and textures with a European flair for container plantings. Requires reservation and additional cost. April 13, 11:30 a.m. at the Northwestern Mutual Room.

Sculpture in Your Garden: Landscape architect Margarete Harvey will discuss what to consider when buying and placing art in the natural environment. Admission is free. April 13, 1 p.m. at the Lubar Auditorium.

Iron Design Competition: Professional florists battle for the title of Iron Designer 2018 in this timed competition. Florists will receive the same material and guidelines but must make an original creation. Admission is free. April 14, 11 a.m. at the Lubar Auditorium.

Beautiful Gardens and Healthy Environment, Yes!: Learn how to create and maintain a flowerbed that is both beautiful and great for the environment. Native plants, improved cultivars and planting diversity will keep your garden beautiful throughout the season, and may even provide a few tasty treats along the way. Requires reservation and additional costs. April 14, 3 p.m. at the Lubar Auditorium.

Beauty in Bloom Floral Fashion Show: Parisian couture-inspired gowns and accessories created entirely out of blooms by local artisans. Requires additional cost with tickets. April 14, 7 p.m. at Windhover Hall.

Art in Bloom Florist and Their Inspiration: Art in Bloom floral installation participants discuss the creative and installation process for this year’s event. Free with event admission. April 15, 11 a.m. at the Lubar Auditorium.

Create Your Own Art in Bloom Floral Installation: Panel discussion at 11 a.m. followed by the opportunity to create a floral masterpiece of your own for home, with freelance designer Pam Bogardt. Requires reservation and additional cost. April 15, 1 p.m. at the Northwestern Mutual Room.

Kohl’s Art Generation Open Studio: During Art in Bloom, visitors to the Kohl’s Art Generation Studio will have the opportunity to create their own photo-collage flower arrangements. Inspired by the exhibition, The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip, children will “pick” flowers from the photo-garden, filled with blooms from across the American landscape. Families can cut, collage and take home their own bouquets. The Kohl’s Art Generation Studio closes one hour before the museum. April 12 through April 15.

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