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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.

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  • 10 AM

    Installation of art-inspired floral arrangements in process.


    Noon

    Installation of art-inspired floral arrangements complete.


    1 PM | Screening

    “Artist in Bloom” Documentary

    Lubar Auditorium, FREE with event admission

    Can a “basement Betty” floral designer win the prestigious Art in Bloom exhibition? Follow florist Sally Vander Wyst as she interprets the Museum’s masterpieces with her own creative style. Director Cindy Johnson is the owner and creative director of Johnson & Johnson Creative Content and Sweet Pea Cinema.


    1 PM | Demonstration

    August Hoppe: Pruning 101, Small Trees and Ornamentals

    Northwestern Mutual Room, FREE with event admission

    Learn how to keep your plants healthy, strong, and beautiful through proper pruning, with certified arborist August Hoppe. President of Hoppe Tree Service, Hoppe is a Past President of the Wisconsin Arborist Association and a member of the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council.


    2:30 PM | Lecture

    August Hoppe and Patrick Hill: From Tree to Table

    Lubar Auditorium, FREE with event admission

    Discover how a declining tree in Milwaukee is transformed into a beautiful piece of furniture, thanks to the efforts of local arborists and craftspeople. Joining certified arborist August Hoppe is Patrick Hill of the Hoppe Urban Wood Lab Store, who specializes in creating natural wood furniture from urban logs.


    4 PM | High Tea

    High Tea

    Northwestern Mutual Room, $50 / $45 Members

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


    6—8 PM | Dinner

    Farm-to-Table with Museum Chef Zak

    Café Calatrava, $85 / $80 Members

    Enjoy the pleasures of eating locally, during this four-course dinner showcasing the best of Midwest agriculture. Many of the vegetables, herbs, meats, and fruits used to create this special experience will be presented by their farmers and producers.

    Wild mushrooms, asparagus, duck egg and blue cheese emulsion

    Crispy Braised Lamb, mild spices, local vegetables, garlic Puree, Fried herbs

    Trio of Chocolate Dessert

  • 11 AM | Screening

    “Artist in Bloom” Documentary

    Lubar Auditorium, FREE with event admission

    Can a “basement Betty” floral designer win the prestigious Art in Bloom exhibition? Follow florist Sally Vander Wyst as she interprets the Museum’s masterpieces with her own creative style. Director Cindy Johnson is the owner and creative director of Johnson & Johnson Creative Content and Sweet Pea Cinema.


    11:30 AM | Workshop

    Pot de Fleurs: Container Planting with Heidi Hornung

    Northwestern Mutual Room, $50 / $45 Members

    Learn to plant “floral fashion,” in this hands-on workshop with Heidi Hornung of Shady Lane Greenhouses. Learn to mix colors and textures with a European flair for container plantings that wow.


    1 PM | Lecture

    Margarete Harvey: Sculpture in Your Garden

    Lubar Auditorium, FREE with event admission

    Add contrast, year-round interest, low-maintenance beauty, and more to your garden with sculpture. Landscape architect Margarete Harvey will discuss what to consider when buying and placing art in the natural environment.


    3 PM | Lecture

    Zannah Crowe: History and Folklore of Native Plants

    Lubar Auditorium, FREE with event admission

    Before the days of supermarkets and pharmacies, people depended strongly on native plants as a source of medicine, food, building materials, and dyes. Join horticulturist Zannah Crowe of Johnson’s Gardens to learn the interesting stories behind some of our Wisconsin native plants.


    4 PM

    High Tea

    Northwestern Mutual Room, $50 / $45 Members

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

  • 10:30 AM

    Story time in the galleries

    Meet at Admissions in Windhover Hall, FREE with event admission


    11 AM | Demonstration

    Iron Design Competition

    Lubar Auditorium, FREE with event admission

    Watch three professional florists battle for the title of Iron Designer 2018. In this timed competition, florists receive the same materials and guidelines but are challenged to use their own inspiration and talents to make an original creation. You decide who performs the best! People’s Choice Awards will immediately follow the competition, awarding First, Second, and Third place.

    Competitors: Micheal Alt (Alt’s), Lori Cook (Alfa Flower Shop), and Jamie Spellerberg (Wilderland Floral). Presented by the Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club.


    11 AM | Workshop

    Lisa Belisle: Oasis Floral Adornments

    Northwestern Mutual Room, $20 / $15 Members

    Body flowers become jewelry. Join Lisa for an hour of hands-on creativity. You will make all of your own wearable jewelry pieces using Oasis metallic wire and will be show ways to make composite flowers using cold glue. No design experience required, just willingness to get a bit sticky. Tools provided.


    1 PM | Workshop

    Bjorn Chinander: Consumer Bunches to Contemporary Bouquets

    Northwestern Mutual Room, $40 / $35 Members

    Discover the tips and tricks to make the flowers you buy in the store into stylish arrangements for your home. Create bouquets to take home, with former Art in Bloom winner Bjorn Chinander of Sendik’s Mequon.


    3 PM | Lecture

    Dr. Patti Nagai: Beautiful Gardens and a Healthy Environment, Yes!

    Lubar Auditorium, FREE with event admission

    Learn how to create and maintain a fabulous flowerbed that is both beautiful and great for the environment. Native plants, improved cultivars, and planting diversity will keep your garden beautiful throughout the season, and may even provide a few tasty treats along the way.


    7 PM | Beauty in Bloom

    Floral Fashion Show

    Windhover Hall
    $80 / $75 Members VIP seating
    $45 / $40 Members standing room

    Don’t miss the Parisian couture–inspired gowns and accessories created entirely out of blooms by local artisans. Learn more.

    To purchase Beauty in Bloom: Floral Fashion Show reservations click here.

  • 11 AM | Panel Discussion

    Art in Bloom Florists and Their Inspiration

    Lubar Auditorium, FREE with event admission

    Welcome Art in Bloom floral installation participants Michael Alt, Pamela Borgardt, Carrie Kroening, and Melissa Mass as they discuss the creative and installation process for this year’s event. Hear about their concepts and what it took to get here.


    11 AM | Workshop

    Lisa Belisle: Structured Hand Ties

    Northwestern Mutual Room, $30 / $25 Members

    Do you ever wonder how floral designers disappear into a back room and make magic happen in minutes when you ask for a bouquet to take home with you? Well, now you can learn the tricks of the trade! Lisa will start you off with a single flower-type bouquet and then proceed to make a structured shape that is sure to impress everyone. Since spring is around the corner, the class will feature pastel colors and soft textures. Lisa invites all students to let their creative juices flow.


    1 PM | Workshop

    Create Your Own AIB Floral Installation

    Northwestern Mutual Room, $65 / $60 Members

    Attend the Panel Discussion at 11 a.m. for inspiration and then create a floral masterpiece of your own for home, with freelance designer Pam Bogardt.


    4 PM

    High Tea

    Northwestern Mutual Room, $50 / $45 Members

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