The Power of Flowers

This year's Art in Bloom offers classes, tours, trunk shows and even floral fashions.

World-class floral designers and master classes … trunk shows … and lots and lots of flowers: Welcome to the third annual Art in Bloom.

This four-day festival kicks off today, March 30, at the North Carolina Museum of Art, offering all of the above plus family activities and tours.

A great event to welcome spring, Art in Bloom features more than 50 floral masterpieces inspired by the museum’s permanent art collection and created by floral designers from North Carolina and beyond.

This year’s special guest is Belgian-born Françoise Weeks, who specializes in textural woodlands and botanical haute couture pieces. Weeks has taught floral design around the world, and during Art in Bloom will lead presentations on woodland design and botanical couture, as well as a master class focused on botanical couture headpieces.

Watch a designer create a pedestal arrangement, and enjoy “Horti-Couture,” a program of floral fashion clothing and accessories inspired by the tropics of Tahiti.

Other featured presenters and workshop hosts at Art in Bloom include floral jewelry designer Anahit Hakobyan of Viva la Flora Designs; Steve Taras of Raleigh’s Watered Garden Florist and florist for The Umstead; Carolyn Hassett of Escentuelle Signature Fragrances, which is located in downtown Cary; the American Institute of Floral Designers; and the Triangle Bonsai Society.

For the family, there’s a scavenger hunt leading to fragrant flowers and artful treasures, or let kids try their hand at using gouache paints to create a vibrant still life.

Art in Bloom runs through Sunday, April 2 at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Tickets are $13 for museum members, $18 for non-members and free for children age 6 and younger. Separate fees may apply for specific workshops or other related events.

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