Art With Flowers

Milwaukee Art Museum offers Art in Bloom; florists and gardeners interpret art with flowers.

Mary Dolan

Each year, the Milwaukee Art Museum welcomes spring with a popular event called Art in Bloom, where local garden clubs and florists get a chance to show off their incredible floral talents. These garden artists recreate — sometimes very closely and somethings more abstractly — pieces of art within the museum. Their interpretations of these pieces are always such a joy. It’s incredible to see the array of flowers and the techniques used to construct three-dimensional, living pieces of art.

As a lover of Monet, I was pleased that I also loved the floral interpretation of his beautiful Waterloo Bridge. Though it’s tough to pick a favorite, that one might be mine. I love seeing works like his and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s and Gerhard Richter’s come to life in this way.

Art With Flowers

Art With Flowers

Art With Flowers

Art With Flowers

Art With Flowers

Art With Flowers

Aside from simply relishing in the beauty — and very temporary beauty, at that! — of this exhibit, it also serves a great catalyst for new adventures with your own flower gardening. Be sure to use our site as a resource as you take your inspirations and translate them into your very own flower garden.

Have you ever attended a show like this one?

  1. says

    Thank you for posting about this amazing show. I would really like to see this type of show throughout the country. I have never attended this type of show and honestly this is the first time I have heard of it.

    I live in Greenwood SC and each year we have a Festival of Flowers. It is a month long festival packed full of events. This type of event would be a great addition to our festival.

  2. says

    For openings of new exhibits at the Philbrook Museum in Tulsa, OK, local florists create outstanding arrangements which tie into the theme of the art on display. .

  3. Maryann says

    The Boston Museum of Fine Arts does this every year. This year’s dates are April 26-28. It is wonderful!

  4. Amy H says

    Yes — the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art just completed it’s annual Ringling in Bloom exhibition. The exhibit showcases floral arrangements associated with art. Wonderful. Can’t wait for next year’s event.

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