Flower Power!

How do florists make arranging look so easy?

Find out, as the North Carolina Museum of Art presents Art in Bloom, a four-day festival of art and flowers.

Featuring hands-on, interactive fun, the fest offers master classes, floral demonstrations, presentations by the floral designer for the Royal Family, lectures, family activities, a wine tasting, and more.

“We are always looking for different ways to present exceptional art and create memorable experiences for our visitors, and Art in Bloom is the perfect opportunity,” said NCMA Director Lawrence J. Wheeler.

“This festival will not only highlight work by some of the best floral designers in North Carolina and beyond, but it will also allow visitors to view the works of art in our permanent collection in a new way.”

Art in Bloom runs from March 19-22, and features 45 floral masterpieces inspired by the NCMA’s permanent collection and created by world-class floral designers. Here’s a sampling of event highlights:

Bringing the Garden Home

Thursday, March 19, 3 p.m.

Steve Taras of Watered Garden Florist in Raleigh demonstrates how he keeps the NCMA’s Iris restaurant wall looking bright and fresh, and how you can bring the beauty home. $20 for museum members, $25 non-members

A Year in Flowers

Friday, March 20, 6 p.m.

Shane Connolly, floral designer for the Royal Family, shares his approach to keeping your life flower filled every day. Born and raised in Northern Ireland, he holds a Royal Warrant of Appointment to HRH the Prince of Wales and was responsible for the floral designs at the wedding of William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. $40 members, $55 non-members

Designs for the Table

Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m.

Carol Dowd and Nelson Simpson of the American Institute of Floral Design demonstrate how to create arrangements for any table, any time. $20 members, $25 non-members

Master Class

Thursday, March 19, 1:30 p.m.

Create a floral masterpiece to take home in this hands-on workshop with world-renowned designer Hitomi Gilliam, AIFD, pictured above. $175 members, $200 non-members

Origami and Paper Flower Art

Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22

10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. both days

Fold, crease and transform paper into water lilies and other sculptural flowers! Free with Art in Bloom admission.

Art in Bloom admission is $10 for NCMA members, $15 for non-members, and free for children 6 and younger. All proceeds support museum programming and exhibitions, and benefit the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation.

For the full schedule or to register for events, see ncartmuseum.org

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