Schedule of Events


Art in Bloom 2014 has ended. Return in 2015 for information on programs and events.

THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014

INSTALLATION DAY AND GRAND OPENING

10 AM

  • Installation of floral arrangements
  • Marketplace open with gifts and accessories for your home and garden.

11 AM

Café Calatrava, The Coffee Shop, Windhover Hall Garden Room, and Milaeger’s Garden Bistro open for food and refreshments.

NOON

Collection galleries open with artwork-inspired floral arrangements.

2–5 PM | ONGOING DEMONSTRATION

Ann Ruth: Sweet Petals

Windhover Hall | Free with event admission

Watch this noted sugar floral artist demonstrate how to create lifelike peonies, hydrangeas, gardenias, lilies, roses, and flower petals.

5–9 PM | OPENING NIGHT

$25/$5 Members (includes event admission)

  • Professionally judged awards announced.
  • People’s Choice Awards voting begins.

5:30 PM

Opening Night Reception

Meet the design experts behind Art in Bloom’s floral masterpieces. Enjoy the marketplace, food by Café Calatrava, a cash bar, and other surprises!

6:15 PM

Designer Awards, Acknowledgments, Iron Designer Competition

See if the judges awarded Best in Show to your favorite arrangement, and don’t miss the live Iron Designer competition, featuring Jamie Beauchamp (Jaimer’s Floral), Alka Bhargava (Ambiance by Alka), and Renee Cerny (Frontier Flowers of Fontana’s).

FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014

10 AM–6 PM

  • Collection galleries open with artwork-inspired floral displays.
  • Marketplace open with gifts and accessories for your home and garden.
  • People’s Choice Awards voting.

10:15 AM, NOON, 2 PM

Drop-in docent-led tours

Windhover Hall | Free with event admission

11 AM

Café Calatrava, The Coffee Shop, Windhover Hall Garden Room, and Milaeger’s Garden Bistro open.

11 AM | LECTURE

Loann Burke: The Floral Forefront

Lubar Auditorium | $20/$15 Members

Explore leading industry trends and innovative new products, as well as armature construction and flower and leaf manipulation, to create beautiful floral works of art.

Sponsored by Milwaukee Art Museum’s Garden Club

12 PM | PRESENTATION

Kostas Koutantzis: Succulents Made Simple
(SOLD OUT)

Quadracci Suite | $15/$10 Members

Reservations required; call 414-224-3803 (Limited to 40)

Familiarize yourself with several varieties of succulent plants that are readily available in our area, and how to simply and creatively use them in a home setting.

2 PM | MASTER CLASS

Loann Burke: The Art of Armature – Creating a Handheld Floral Masterpiece

Milaeger’s Garden Bistro | $150 per person

Reservations required: call 414-224-3803 (Limited to 40)

Design and create an armature to construct a beautiful handheld floral design. Attendees will need a pruner, floral knife or snips, wire cutter, and jewelry pliers.

2:30 PM | LECTURE

Ann Ruth: Sweet Mariposas

Lubar Auditorium | $15/$10 Members

Learn, step by step, a practical approach to making realistic sugar roses and leaves, complete with petal painting and flower assemblage.

Sponsored by Barbara C. Strecker Memorial Fund

3 PM | PRESENTATION

Heidi Hornung: Layered Gardening
(SOLD OUT)

Quadracci Suite | $15/$10 Members

Get the most out of small planting spaces by layering plants according to their different bloom times. You’ll enjoy sequential waves of flowers, as new growth helps camouflage the old.

SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2014

10 AM–6 PM

  • Collection galleries open with artwork-inspired floral displays.
  • Marketplace open with gifts and accessories for your home and garden.
  • People’s Choice Awards voting.
  • Kohl’s Art Generation Open Studio for the entire family, until 4 p.m.

10:15 AM, NOON, 2 PM

Drop-in docent-led tours

Windhover Hall | Free with event admission

10:30 AM

Story Time in the Galleries

Meet at Admissions | Free with event admission

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

11 AM

Café Calatrava, The Coffee Shop, Windhover Hall Garden Room, and Milaeger’s Garden Bistro open.

11 AM | LECTURE

Zannah Crowe: Common Mistakes Beginning Perennial Gardeners Make and How to Avoid Them

Lubar Auditorium | $15/$10 Members

Follow proven approaches to planting a perennial garden to ensure that your experience is successful and, therefore, enjoyable, and reap the overall health and happiness benefits that come with gardening.

Sponsored by LandWorks, Inc.

1–4 PM | DROP-IN FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Illustrator Lois Ehlert

Kohl’s Art Generation Studio | Free with event admission

Drop in on the hands-on workshop and book signing with children’s author-illustrator Lois Ehlert.

1:30 PM | MASTER CLASS

Turning Store-Bought Flowers into Wonderful Arrangements

Milaeger’s Garden Bistro | Free with event admission

Attend this complimentary demonstration by Pam Borgardt, Head Floral Designer, Milaeger’s.

2 PM

The Milwaukee Guitar Quartet

Bradley Galleries | Free with event admission

3 PM | LECTURE

Michael Yanny: Great Woody Plants for Discerning Gardeners

Lubar Auditorium | $15/$10 Members

Bring something new and special to your landscape with native and exotic trees and shrubs that can fill important niches in today’s smaller, sustainable gardens.

SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014

10 AM–5 PM

  • Collection galleries open with artwork-inspired floral displays.
  • Marketplace open with gifts and accessories for your home and garden.
  • People’s Choice Awards voting.
  • Kohl’s Art Generation Open Studio for the entire family, until 4 p.m.

10:15 AM, NOON, 2 PM

Drop-in docent-led tours

Windhover Hall | Free with event admission

11 AM

Café Calatrava, The Coffee Shop, Windhover Hall Garden Room, and Milaeger’s Garden Bistro open.

12:30 PM | DEMONSTRATION

Chef Micah Kaufman of Café Calatrava: Culinary Craft: The Art of Plating

Lubar Auditorium | $15/$10 Members

Enhance your plating and presentation style, impress your dinner guests, and let your culinary art bloom, using color, line, and form—the same elements that are the foundation of art and floral design.

1–4 PM | DROP-IN FAMILY ACTIVITES

Illustrator Lois Ehlert

Kohl’s Art Generation Studio | Free with event admission

Drop in on the hands-on workshop and book signing with children’s author-illustrator Lois Ehlert.

2 PM

The Milwaukee Guitar Quartet

Bradley Galleries | Free with event admission

2:30 PM | LECTURE

Melinda Myers: Green Walls and Other Vertical Gardening Techniques

Lubar Auditorium | $15/$10 Members

Discover fun and attractive ways to use green walls and vertical gardens, and to incorporate flowers and edibles into your landscape, with tips on plant selection and growing techniques.

Sponsored by Kanavas Landscape Management, Inc.