Please join us for the 40th annual spring festival of art and floral design!

Sneak Peek starts Friday April 29 at 5 pm

Once again, garden clubs and professional designers from across New England will create floral arrangements inspired by the MFA’s magnificent works of art. Art in Bloom is open during regular Museum hours and is free with Museum admission; no reservations are required to see the floral arrangements and participate in many of the programs listed below.

Ticketed Events

Hitomi Gilliam: Master Class
Saturday, April 30, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Receive hands-on flower design instruction from a master of contemporary floral design.
Members $225, nonmembers $270

Hitomi Gilliam: NeoFlora: A Fresh Look at the Art of Flowers
Saturday, April 30, 2–4 pm in Remis Auditorium
A floral demonstration and lecture by Hitomi Gilliam exploring the latest methods, mechanics, and techniques for designing with new and exciting varieties of flowers.
Members $60, nonmembers $70

Hitomi Gilliam: Master Class
Sunday, May 1, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Receive hands-on flower design instruction from a master of contemporary floral design.
Members $225, nonmembers $270

Elegant Tea
Saturday, April 30, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm (Sold Out)
Sunday, May 1, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm
Monday, May 2, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm
Reservations required.
Adults: Members $35, nonmembers $40
Children 12 and under $10
(Museum admission required and not included in ticket price.)
Parties will be combined at tables with other guests as needed.

Special Events

Free with Museum admission.

Sneak Peek
Friday, April 29 5-9:30 pm
Get a sneak peek at the 51 freshly installed arrangements. Make an evening of it with a self-guided tour, or enjoy dinner or cocktails at one of the Museums restaurants.

Celebrate Art in Bloom with Ikebana
Saturday, April 30, 3-4 pm in Alfond Auditorium
Join floral designers from the three Ikebana Schools—Ikenobo, Sogetsu and Ohara—creating designs showcasing the design concepts of their particular school.

Member Night
Saturday, April 30, 6-9 pm
A Members-only viewing of the MFA’s 40th Art in Bloom with tours, entertainment, shopping and dining.
Admission based on membership privileges.

Art in Bloom Community Day
Sunday, May 1, 10 am–4 pm
Celebrate Art in Bloom with family-friendly programming and entertainment.

Organic Gardening: Global, Regional, Local, Individual
Sunday, May 1, 3–4 pm in Alfond Auditorium
Join David Pendergast of Agora Gardens as he discusses returning to healthy methods of growing food, globally and locally. Learn about why organic is the way to go, building community gardens, and what individual gardeners can do for the organic movement.

Creative Sustainability on The Rose Kennedy Greenway
Monday, May 2, 11 am–Noon in Remis Auditorium
Join senior horticulturist and designer Darrah Cole on a visual tour of the Greenway parks and features as seen through the lens of its organic horticulture program.

Daily Events

Free with Museum admission.

Art in Bloom Tours
10 am–3 pm
Tour arrangements throughout the galleries.

Designing with Flowers
Noon–3 pm
Continuous demonstrations of flower arranging for your home.

MFA Outdoor Walking Tour
1–2 pm
Discover the MFA’s architecture, outdoor sculpture, and neighboring gardens.

For accessibility information, visit Access, e-mail access@mfa.org, or call 617-267-9330 or 617-369-3188 (TTY).

Wheelchair Accessibility

Audience

All ages

Free with Museum Admission


In This Series
Floral arrangement set beside sculpture of Roman god

Special Event

Art in Bloom Sneak Peek
April 29, 2016
5:00 pm9:30 pm

Get a sneak peek at the 51 freshly installed arrangements. Make an evening of it with a self-guided tour, or enjoy dinner or cocktails at one of the...

Guide discussing floral arrangement set in front of painting

Special Event

Art in Bloom Tours
April 30, 2016
10:00 am3:00 pm
Occurs every day.

Tour arrangements throughout the galleries. Tours of artwork and garden club arrangements circulate continuously throughout the galleries. Join...

Headshot of Hitomi Gilliam

Special Event

Hitomi Gilliam: Master Class
April 30, 2016
10:30 am12:30 pm

Receive hands-on flower design instruction from a master of contemporary floral design. See the full schedule of Art in Bloom events.

Floral designer giving demonstration of flower arranging

Special Event

Designing with Flowers
April 30, 2016
12:00 pm3:00 pm
Occurs every day.

Continuous demonstrations of flower arranging for your home. See the full schedule of Art in Bloom events.

Visitors having tea in Koch Gallery during Art in Bloom

Special Event

Elegant Tea
April 30, 2016
12:30 pm2:00 pm

Relax and take a refreshing break while you enjoy tea and a selection of tea sandwiches and sweet treats accompanied by live music. Reservations...

Japanese Garden at MFA, with stone footbridge at center

Special Event

MFA Outdoor Walking Tour
April 30, 2016
1:00 pm2:00 pm
Occurs every day.

Discover the MFA’s architecture, outdoor sculpture, and neighboring gardens. Meet at Sharf Visitor Center. See the full schedule of Art in Bloom...

Headshot of Hitomi Gilliam

Special Event

Hitomi Gilliam: NeoFlora: A Fresh Look at the Art of Flowers
April 30, 2016
2:00 pm4:00 pm

A floral demonstration and lecture by Hitomi Gilliam exploring the latest methods, mechanics, and techniques for designing with new and exciting...

Visitors having tea in Koch Gallery during Art in Bloom

Special Event

Elegant Tea
April 30, 2016
2:30 pm4:00 pm

Relax and take a refreshing break while you enjoy tea and a selection of tea sandwiches and sweet treats accompanied by live music. Reservations...

Jorge Padilla-Zamudio working on an ikebana arrangement

Special Event

Celebrate Art in Bloom with Ikebana
April 30, 2016
3:00 pm4:00 pm

Join floral designers from the three Ikebana Schools—Ikenobo, Sogetsu and Ohara—creating designs showcasing the design concepts of their particular...

Visitors looking at arched flower arrangement in the Shapiro Courtyard

Special Event

Member Night
April 30, 2016
6:00 pm9:00 pm

A Members-only viewing of the MFA’s 40th Art in Bloom with tours, entertainment, shopping, and dining. Museum admission based on membership...

Young visitor cutting paper with floral pattern at table
Art in Bloom Community Day
May 1, 2016
10:00 am5:00 pm

Enjoy an array of family-friendly activities designed with springtime, nature, and green in mind. Throughout the the day, drop in to make art at...

Headshot of Hitomi Gilliam

Special Event

Hitomi Gilliam: Master Class
May 1, 2016
10:30 am12:30 pm

Receive hands-on flower design instruction from a master of contemporary floral design. See the full schedule of Art in Bloom events.

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Sponsors

Community Day is sponsored by Converse.

Supporting sponsorship for Art in Bloom from Wheaton College.

Additional support provided by Fox Hill Village.