Spring has sprung — and so has the North Carolina Museum of Art.
The Art in Bloom festival will be held at the NCMA Thursday through Sunday. The festival showcases more than 50 floral arrangements from different designers and offers many public events. From learning a new flower to simply taking in the beauty of re-imagined floral arrangements, the festival provides a unique adventure for people in the agricultural city of Raleigh.
Art in Bloom takes after the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which has held the festival for about 40 years. The designers come from varying levels of experience, from garden club members, to professional florists, to small-business owners who focus on bringing plants indoors.
The flower arrangements are inspired by pieces in the museum, ranging in color, material and age. In this showcase, the oldest piece is from 4000 B.C., while the youngest piece was created last summer.
The festival takes place both inside the main building of the NCMA and outside. In preparation for the weekend, the museum partnered with PNC Bank, the Raleigh Arts Commission and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, as well as the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Dix Park team to brighten five corners of downtown Raleigh with giant “trash can bouquets” by Steve Taras of Watered Garden Florist. This idea plays into the idea of something living coming out of something disposable.