The Saint Louis Art Museum is in full bloom during this annual festival as renowned works of art from the Museum's collection are imaginatively interpreted through floral design. You'll experience fresh floral displays throughout the galleries created by the most talented designers in the region, paired with the Museum's works of art.

Don't miss this annual event, which includes lectures, presentations, a fun floral competition, unique dining experiences and more.

Friday, March 6: 10:00 am–9:00 pm
Saturday, March 7: 10:00 am–9:00 pm
Sunday, March 8: 10:00 am–5:00 pm

General Information

Admission to Art in Bloom is free, and tickets are not required to attend the festival and view the floral displays in the galleries. However, tickets must be purchased in advance for select programs, including auditorium programs and demonstrations. Tickets are available in person at the Information Centers, or through MetroTix.

How to Spend Your Day:

  • Dine in the Art in Bloom Garden Tent, accessible from the Museum's South Building
  • Check out floral demonstrations from some of the area's most talented designers
  • View floral arrangements and vote for your favorite
  • Shop for floral-inspired keepsakes in the Museum Shops
  • Sip on a drink and enjoy some tunes during Flowers After Hours

Festival Hours

Friday, March 6: 10:00 am–9:00 pm
Saturday, March 7: 10:00 am–9:00 pm
Sunday, March 8: 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Free Shuttle

A free shuttle will run continuously between the parking lots near the Forest Park Visitor Center, and the Museum's Main Building. The shuttle will depart about every 15 minutes. The shuttle will run between 7:30 am and 9:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, and between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm on Sunday. Click here for a shuttle map.


  Events marked with a flower require advance tickets. They are available in person at the Information Centers or, through MetroTix.

The Bounty of the American Garden
JAMES FARMER, landscape designer and author
Friday, March 6, 10:30 am
Saturday, March 7, 10:30 am
$25 ($20 for Members)

James Farmer is a landscape designer, author of best-selling gardening and entertaining books, a popular television commentator, and editor-at large for Southern Living. His books include A Time to Plan, Wreaths for All Seasons, and Dinner on the Grounds. In his entertaining lecture, Farmer will discuss how to incorporate your kitchen garden into the food, décor, and flavor of everyday life.

Recipes for Fresh Floral Arrangements
STUDIO CHOO: Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo
Authors and Florists of the San Francisco based studio

Friday, March 6, 2:30 pm
Saturday, March 7, 2:30 pm
$25 ($20 for Members)

Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo are florists and best friends who share a love for things natural and wild. They are the proprietors of the floral design shop Studio Choo in San Francisco and are the authors of two popular books: The Flower Recipe Book and The Wreath Recipe Book. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, Real Simple, Redbook, Country Living, and Brides, as well as on popular lifestyle sites like Apartment Therapy, Kinfolk, and Remodelista. During Art in Bloom, the Studio Choo team will share tips and techniques behind their wild, sculptural floral designs.

Professional Florists and St. Louis Celebrities
Saturday, March 7, 7:00 pm
$10 ($5 for Members)

A new event at Art in Bloom, the Iron Florist competition will include all the excitement of your favorite cook-off shows with a floral twist. Keith McDonnell and Dean Riebeling from Botanicals Design Studio will host this epic design battle. Area florists will team up with local celebrities to test their skills during this floral showdown where each team creates a floral arrangement from a supply of mystery items. Arrangements will be timed and judged.

The final day of Art in Bloom is a wonderful time for families to explore the floral treasures throughout the Museum. From noon to 4:00 pm, children are invited to take a whimsical scavenger hunt through the galleries and create an art-inspired floral arrangement. Both free activities begin in Sculpture Hall.

At 1:00 pm on Sunday, the Museum will host a free family performance—The Emperor's New Clothes, a production by Imaginary Theatre Company of the Reperatory Theatre of St. Louis. The show starts at 1:00 pm at the Museum's Farrell Auditorium, and doors open at 12:30 pm. No tickets are required

Learn tips and techniques from the fabulous designers behind Art in Bloom's floral masterpieces. All demonstrations take place in the Education Center and tickets are required ($10/$5 Members). Please check in at the Information Center for ticket availability.

A Rose is a Rose. Or is it?
Jenny Thomasson, AIFD CFD, Stems
Friday, March 6, 1:00 pm

Spring Blooms
Barbara Wehking, Bloomin' Buckets
Friday, March 6, 4:00 pm

Creating your Event Tablescape
Rich West, RW Designs
Saturday, March 7, 1:00 pm

Ikebana: The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging
Yoshiko Mitchell, Professor of Ikebana Floral Art
Saturday, March 7, 4:00 pm

Art in Bloom Preview Party
Thursday, March 5
6:00 PM–Cocktails and Floral Viewing
7:30 PM–Dinner

$175 per person

The Art in Bloom Preview Party is the official kickoff to the festival weekend and features cocktails, dinner among the floral displays of Sculpture Hall, and live music. Be the first to see the artful interpretations of Art in Bloom and meet featured lecturer James Farmer and the floral designers behind Art in Bloom's masterpieces.

Advanced reservations are required and can be made through the Development Office only. Please call 314.655.5381 for more information.

Floral Studio: Flower School with Studio Choo
Thursday, March 5
10:30 AM and 1:30 PM
Education Center

$100 ($125 non-Members)

In this hands-on class, the women behind the San Francisco flower shop Studio Choo will favorite floral techniques from their book The Flower Recipe Book. Participants will make their own wild and elegant arrangements to take home. No experience is necessary, and all floral materials and tools will be provided. Space is limited. Tickets are available in person at the Information Centers, or through MetroTix.


Lunch Buffet in the Art in Bloom Garden Tent

Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7
10:30 am–3:00 pm

$18.95 per person (Members save 10 percent)
Dine among the flowers in our fully heated Art in Bloom Garden Tent located outside the South Building Group Entrance. Enjoy a delicious buffet of soups, sandwiches, salads, and desserts. Reservations are not accepted. Check in at the tent for the next available seating.

Afternoon Tea in the Art in Bloom Garden Tent

Sunday, March 8, Noon–4:00 pm
$16.95 for adults; $8.95 for children ages 4-12; free for children 3 and under. Members save 10 percent. Experience the elegance of afternoon tea in the Art in Bloom Garden Tent. Buffet menu includes finger sandwiches, assorted sweets, tea, and hot cocoa. Reservations are required, call 314.655.5490 to make a reservation.

Flowers After Hours

Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7
6:00 pm–9:00 pm

Enjoy the evening hours of Art in Bloom with live music in Sculpture Hall. Cocktails and light appetizers will be available at the cash bar.

Panorama Restaurant and the Cafe

Enjoy fine dining at Panorama. Open for lunch and dinner on Friday, brunch and dinner on Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. Reservations are highly recommended, call 314.655.5490 to make a reservation. For more casual fare, the Cafe serves freshly prepared soups, salads, sandwiches, and snacks.


Art in Bloom Ticketing

Admission to Art in Bloom is free and open to the public. Tickets are required for some programs, including lectures and demonstrations.

Advance tickets are recommended and available in person at the Museum's Information Centers or through MetroTix at 314.534.1111 or metrotix.com. Same-day tickets, if available, can be purchased onsite only.

Special Discounts for Museum Members

Museum Members may reserve up to two tickets per event at a special discounted price. When ordering through MetroTix, Members must use a special promo code. Click here to retrieve that code, or call 314.655.5335.


Special Benefits for Members Only

Museum Members receive a host of benefits during Art in Bloom and throughout the entire year! Join today to take advantage of these exclusive privileges.

Early Morning Entry

March 6–8
8:00 am–10:00 am

Members are invited to enjoy early entry every morning of Art in Bloom! Registration is not required. Simply present your current membership card upon entry, and you and your guests will be admitted before 10:00 am.

Art in Bloom Ticket Discounts

Museum Members receive valuable discounts on Art in Bloom's ticketed programs, including lectures and demonstrations. Members may reserve up to two tickets per program at the reduced price. Advance tickets may be purchased in person at the Museum's Information Centers or through Metrotix. To receive Member pricing through MetroTix you must have a special promo code. Click here or call 314.655.5335 to retrieve your code

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Art in Bloom?
Art in Bloom is an annual festival that features floral interpretations of works of art in the Museum's collection created by regional florists and garden clubs. The event always includes floral-related programming, such as lectures, demonstrations, and family programs. The Saint Louis Art Museum first presented Art in Bloom in 2000, and stopped to complete construction of the East Building. After a five-year hiatus, Art in Bloom returned in 2014.

How are the floral designers selected to participate in Art in Bloom?
Several months before the festival, the Museum opens an online application process for professional floral designers and members of area garden clubs. The application asks for floral experience, references, and portfolio photos. Museum staff and the Art in Bloom lead designers select the participants.

How are the works of art chosen?
The Museum's registrar—who is responsible for caring for the Museum's collection—works with other staff to first select galleries that have enough room to accommodate the floral arrangements and the large number of visitors who attend Art in Bloom. From there, Museum employees choose works of art that are diverse, that have not recently been part of Art in Bloom, and that would offer designers ample opportunity for interpretation. This year, they selected more than 35 works of art.

Which florist made the arrangements in Sculpture Hall and Taylor Hall?
The dramatic arrangements in Sculpture Hall and Taylor Hall are created by a design team that this year includes Trisha Haislar (AIFD, CFD) of Elegant Celebrations; Jane Winter and Rhonda Lynn-Moeckel (AIFD, CFD) of Wildflowers; and Keith McDonnell and Dean Riebling of Botanicals Design Studio. In addition, many designers of gallery interpretations and other volunteers give their time and talent to make the Museum's public spaces bloom.

How are the designers paired with the works of art?
It's random! Designers literally must draw from a hat to see what work of art they must interpret.

Who is selected to judge the floral arrangements?
Judges usually include a representative from the Museum's curatorial department, the Art in Bloom chairperson, and a representative from a festival sponsor.

When will awards be announced, and where?
The Art in Bloom Judge's awards will be announced on Friday, March 6, and winners will be highlighted with a ribbon throughout the Art in Bloom. All visitors during the festival also are invited to vote for the Art in Bloom People's Choice awards, which will be announced via Facebook and Twitter on Sunday, March 8.


2015 Objects and Participating Designers

A map will be provided during Art in Bloom weekend with designer information and gallery locations.


Gallery 122
Cut Panel of Fig and Peacock Wallpaper,
Walter Crane, 349:1991.1
Dawn Ahner
Ahner Florist

Gallery 124
Cup and Saucer,
Sèvres Porcelain Factory, 270:1925a,b
Cecilia Barnett
Federated Garden Clubs of MO
Boone County Garden Club

Gallery 130
Egyptian, 242:1952
Pat Diehl Scace, AIFD, AAF, CFD
Missouri Botanical Garden

Gallery 120
Ottoman Period, 182:1951
Joseph Vodicka
Botanicals Design Studio

Elevator Grill,
from the Chicago Stock Exchange Building, Chicago, Illinois, 1893-95, Adler and Sullivan, 45:1975.2
Melinda Roeleveld
Les Bouquets

Stone Sea,
Andy Goldsworthy, 30:2012
Joshua Davis
Botanicals Design Studio

Gallery 113
Tripod Vessel,
Tlatilco, 58:1980
Debra Feltes
Federated Garden Clubs of MO
Sprig and Twig Garden Club

Gallery 114
Ballgame Vessel,
Maya, 216:1979
Ivy Baebler
Federated Garden Clubs of MO
St. Louis Judges Council

Gallery 111
Inka, 122:1954, 123:1954
Independence Center

Gallery 107
Sacred Object (yina),
probably Nukuma, 1541:1983
Lee Martin, AIFD, CDD
Freelance Florist

Gallery 117
Fly Whisk (nandwa blawa),
Unidentified Baule artist, 74:1966
Kay Schaefer
Federated Garden Clubs of MO
St. Louis County Garden Club


Gallery 237
Lancet Redemption Window,
French, 3:1935
Sophie Connor
Federated Garden Clubs of MO
Webster Groves Garden Club Group IV

Gallery 238
Judgment of Paris,
Lucas Cranach the Elder, 28:1932
Mary Officer
Federated Garden Clubs of MO
St. Louis County Garden Club

Gallery 223
Octagonal Jar with Design of Cherry Trees,
Peonies, and Chrysanthemums, Japanese, 156:1993
Catherine Thoele, AIFD, CFD
Catherine Thoele Florals

Gallery 230
Prunus Vase (meiping) with Design of Peony and Lotus Scrolls,
Chinese, 2:2000
Jennifer Thomasson AIFD, CFD
Stems Florist

Gallery 233
Covered Wine Vessel (fang lei) with Design of Zoomorphic Mask and Animal-Headed Handles,
Chinese, 2:1941a,b
Ann Rabbit, AIFD, CFD
Thorn Studio, LLC

Gallery 234
Little Falls at Luzerne, from "The Hudson River Portfolio",
William Guy Wall, John Hill, 5:2008.32
Louise Chambers-Krueger AIFD, CFD
Overlook Farm

Gallery 236
Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me,
Jacques Jordaens, 7:1956
Barbara Wehking
Bloomin' Buckets

Gallery 236
Cephalus and Procris (The Death of Procis),
Joachim Anthonisz Wtewael, 198:1957
Jane Winter

Gallery 217
Little Dancer of Fourteen Years,
Edgar Degas, 135:1956
Trisha Haislar, AIFD, CFD
Elegant Celebrations

Gallery 218
The Bell Tower of Bazincourt,
Camille Pissarro, 178:1955
Judy Blix
Federated Garden Clubs of MO
The Garden Guild Garden Club

Gallery 204
St. Helena and the Emperor Constantine Presented to the Holy Trinity by the Virgin Mary,
Corrado Giaquinto, 31:1963
Jeana Reisinger
The Garden Club of St Louis

Gallery 205
The Colossal Pair,
Frank Dillon, 67:1989
Jean Waters
Soulard Florist

Gallery 216
The Dream,
Max Beckmann, 841:1983
Madelyn Hucker
Federated Garden Clubs of MO
St. Louis Judges Council

Gallery 216
Max Beckmann, 859:1983
Doug Wolter
Federated Garden Clubs of MO
Children's Garden Club

Gallery 214
Alexei von Jawlensky, 896:1983
Daniel Whitehurst
LaSalle Wholesale Florist

Gallery 215
The Slave Girl,
Oskar Kokoschka, 909:1983
Carol Eilermann
Federated Garden Clubs of MO
Designers Guild

Gallery 210
Standing Nude,
Joan Mir&oactue;, 58:1965
Alice Koritta
Garden Clubs of Illinois
Carte Blanche Designers of District V

Gallery 212
The Man of Confusion,
Paul Klee, 410:1952
Jane Merkle
National Garden Club of St. Louis
Flower Show Chairman

Gallery 255
Homage to the Square: Wondering,
Josef Albers, 29:1997
Susan Marie Reed
Federated Garden Clubs of MO
Forsythia Garden Club

Gallery 254
The Fonda Image,
Mel Ramos, 248:1986
Sue Schoedel, AIFD
Freelance Florist

Gallery 251
The Computer Moves In,
Sigmar Polke, 262:1995
Bridget Weible
Flowers to the People

Gallery 248
Untitled (mental map: Lost IV),
Franz Ackermann, 23:1999
Bob Hauck
Walter Knoll Florist


Gallery 334
Eunice Dennie Burr,
John Singleton Copley, 173:1951
Myrah Marks
Federated Garden Clubs of MO
Edwardsville Garden Club

Gallery 337
Driftwood on the Bagaduce,
Marsden Hartley, 387:1955
Dean Riebeling
Botanicals Design Studio

Gallery 338
The Captive Charger,
Charles Ferdinand Wimar, 181:1925
Rich West
RW Designs

Gallery 322
Saddle Bag,
Apsáalooke (Crow), 72:2010
Rhonda Lynn-Moeckel, AIFD, CFD

2014 Winners

Art in Bloom Winners

In no particular order, here are the award-winning floral arrangements from Art in Bloom 2014.

Water Lilies
Catherine Thoele,
Catherine Thoele Florals

Brown Shoe Designer's Choice
Judge's Choice: Best Traditional
SLAM Employees: Best Traditional
People's Choice: Best in Show

Elephant Mask for the Kuosi Society
Bob Hauck,
Walter Knoll Florist

Judge's Choice: Honorable Mention
Costume for the Egungun Masquerade
Elaine Fix,
Design Concepts

Judge's Choice: Best in Show
Pedestal Clock
Sophie Connor,
Federated Garden Clubs of MO
Webster Groves Garden Club Group IV

People's Choice: Best Traditional
The Bull Fight
Trisha Haislar, AIFD, CFD,
Elegant Celebrations

Judge's Choice: Honorable Mention

Edge of All Activity
Judy Blix,
Federated Garden Clubs of MO
The Garden Guild Garden Club

Judge's Choice: Best Creative
Bactrian Camel
Judy Sheets,
Federated Garden Clubs of MO

People's Choice: Best Creative

Art in Bloom is sponsored by Brown Shoe Company