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Art in Bloom Special Programming

Inspirational and informative presentations focus on fashion, flowers, and beauty. Presentations are held in Lubar Auditorium or the Northwestern Mutual Meeting Room.

$10 | $5 Members per program
(Specialty workshops and certain programs have different pricing.)

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  • 10 a.m.

    Floral Installation Day

    • Collection Galleries open.
    • Installation of art-inspired floral arrangements in process.
    • Marketplace open with gifts and accessories for your home and garden.
    • Kohl’s Art Generation Lab and Gallery open for kids of all ages.

    Noon

    • Installation of art-inspired floral arrangements complete.

    11 a.m. | Lecture

    Betty Adelman: Heritage Plants

    Lubar Auditorium, $10 | $5 Members

    Join local heirloom plant aficionado Betty Adelman, who will discuss the best ways to grow heritage plants, including perennial flowers, prairie plants, and perennial grasses. She owns Heritage Flower Farm, an award-winning boutique nursery, growing heirloom plants, finding their stories, and spreading them to gardens from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario, to backyard gardens like yours.


    1 p.m. | Lecture

    August Hoppe: Tree Servicing

    Lubar Auditorium, $10 | $5 Members

    Prune ornamental trees and shrubs the right way! Expert arborist August Hoppe will discuss best management practices for structural pruning of small trees, hedges, and multiple stem shrubs. He will explain how plants respond to different types of pruning and how using the right tools can make a big difference.


    2:30 p.m. | Demonstration

    Jamie Nelson and Suzanne Schlicht: Sugar Flower Creation

    Northwestern Mutual Room, $10 | $5 Members

    Experience the art of crafting sugar flower creations from the expert pastry team of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn about sugar sculpting tools, preparation, and techniques, as well as pulled, blown and spun sugar. These stunning edibles are perfect for embellishing cakes, cookies, and more for any special occasion.

  • 10 a.m.

    • Collection Galleries open with artwork-inspired floral arrangements.
    • People’s Choice Awards voting. Choices posted at 3 p.m.
    • Marketplace open with gifts and accessories for your home and garden.
    • Kohl’s Art Generation Lab and Gallery open for kids of all ages.

    10:30 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m. | Tours

    Drop-in docent-led tours

    Meet in Windhover Hall, FREE with event admission


    11 a.m. | Lecture

    Rich Eyre: Inspirational Gardens & Plants

    Lubar Auditorium, $10 | $5 Members

    Think small with Rich Eyre. Dwarf conifers can create a dramatic four-season display in downsized spaces. Eyre will take you around the world to gardens and plants that inspired him. He is the owner of Rich’s Foxwillow Pines Nursery in Woodstock, Illinois, which specializes in dwarf and rare plants.


    1 p.m. | Live Music

    The Milwaukee Guitar Quartet

    Collection Gallery K109, FREE with event admission


    1 p.m. | Lecture

    Don Zoromski: The Art of Growing Beautiful Roses

    Lubar Auditorium, $10 | $5 Members

    Grow the perfect rose. Don Zoromski, a native of Germantown, Wisconsin, and North Central district director of the American Rose Society, will offer tips for selecting the best rose for your space and how to keep healthy and abundant roses growing.

     


    2:30 p.m. | Workshop

    Heidi Hornung: Container Garden Hands-on Workshop

    Northwestern Mutual Room, $45| $40 Members

    Create in a crate. Contained vessels are versatile and affordable ways to add life to your spaces. Heidi Hornung, a Wisconsin native and European-inspired landscape architect, will teach the step-by-step basics.


    5:30 p.m.

    Beauty in Bloom: Floral Fashion Show

    Windhover Hall

    Back by popular demand, this innovative floral fashion show returns with over-the-top gowns and accessories created entirely from flowers and foliage, set among the stunning Windhover Hall. Art in Bloom Florist Awards, delectable appetizers, and a cash bar make for an exclusive night out.

    This event requires a separate ticket.

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  • 10 a.m.

    • Collection Galleries open with artwork-inspired floral arrangements.
    • People’s Choice Awards voting. Choices posted at 3 p.m.
    • Marketplace open with gifts and accessories for your home and garden.
    • Kohl’s Art Generation Lab and Gallery open for kids of all ages.

    10:30 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m. | Tours

    Drop-in docent-led tours

    Meet in Windhover Hall, FREE with event admission


    10:30 a.m. | Story Time in the Galleries

    Story Time in the Galleries

    Meet at Admissions in Windhover Hall, FREE with event admission

    Join us for a fun-filled reading of Waiting for Wings and a drawing activity in the galleries.


    11 a.m. | Lecture

    Antoine Carter, Groundwork Milwaukee: Grow Your Own Groceries

    Lubar Auditorium, $10 | $5 Members

    Bring farm to table into your own backyard. You will learn how to design, plant, and sustain vegetable gardens, community plots, raised beds, and other growing spaces. By growing food at home or in a community garden, individuals and families can save money and eat healthier.


    Noon | Live Music

    Ann Lobotzke, Harpist

    Collection Gallery K109, FREE with event admission


    11:30 a.m. | Workshop

    Kristin Joiner, 622 Press: Paper Flower Creation

    Northwestern Mutual Room, $25| $20 Members

    Whether it’s your wedding day or every day, stunning handmade paper blooms are something special. Learn how to cut, form and place each petal and leaf by hand, and create a unique bouquet that will last forever.


    1–3 p.m. l Drop-in Family Activities + Book Signing

    Lois Ehlert, Award-Winning Author/Illustrator

    Kohl’s Art Generation Studio, FREE with event admission


    2 p.m. | Demonstration

    Iron Design Competition—Presented by the Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club

    Lubar Auditorium, FREE with event admission

    Witness three professional florists battling for the title of Iron Designer 2017. In this timed competition, they will receive specific materials and guidelines, but will be challenged to incorporate their own inspiration and talents.


    4 p.m. | High Tea


    Northwestern Mutual Room, $55 |$50 Members

    Enjoy a respite from the bustle of Art in Bloom. Enjoy an experience that will surely become a treasured memory for you and yours. The afternoon tea is complete with fresh scones, sandwiches and pastries.

  • 10 a.m.

    • Collection Galleries open with artwork-inspired floral arrangements.
    • People’s Choice Awards voting. Choices posted at 3 p.m.
    • Marketplace open with gifts and accessories for your home and garden.
    • Kohl’s Art Generation Lab and Gallery open for kids of all ages.

    10:30 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m. | Tours

    Drop-in docent-led tours

    Meet in Windhover Hall, FREE with event admission


    11 a.m. | Lecture

    Elizabeth Wieland: The Story of Bookworm Gardens

    Lubar Auditorium, $10 | $5 Members

    Hear about the history, mission, and future plans of Bookworm Gardens, the only botanic garden based on children’s literature, from Executive Director Elizabeth Wieland.


    11:30 a.m. | Demonstration

    Pam Borgardt: The Art in a Single Bloom

    Northwestern Mutual Room, $10 | $5 Members

    Observe Art in Bloom award-winning florist Pam Borgardt presenting creative and artistic ways to use a single bloom with textural accents in home décor and entertaining, emphasizing the beauty of simple floral design.


    Noon | Live Music

    Kyle Feerick, Singer/Songwriter, Acoustic Guitar

    Collection Gallery K109, FREE with event admission


    1–4 p.m. | Drop-in Family Activities + Book Signing

    Lois Ehlert, Award-Winning Author/Illustrator

    Kohl’s Art Generation Studio, FREE with event admission


    1 p.m. | Lecture

    Jennifer Lazewski: Pollinators for Your Garden

    Northwestern Mutual Room, $10 | $5 Members

    Don’t miss this eye-opening presentation about the importance and decline of nature’s pollinators, ranging from facts on types of pollinators (including butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees) to gardening for their continued health and safety.


    2:30 p.m. | Demonstration

    Antoine Carter: Groundwork Milwaukee—Superfoods

    Northwestern Mutual Room, $10 | $5 Members

    Eat better, live better—learn about the hottest trends in healthy living. Antoine Carter will let you know which new superfoods will keep you healthy and beautiful, and he will show you how to prepare them for complete nourishment of your body throughout the year.


    4 p.m. | High Tea

    High Tea

    Northwestern Mutual Room, $55 |$50 Members

    Enjoy a respite from the bustle of Art in Bloom. Enjoy an experience that will surely become a treasured memory for you and yours. The afternoon tea is complete with fresh scones, sandwiches and pastries.