Bouquets to Art, a celebration of floral art, returns – Marin Independent Journal

If you’ve missed attending Bouquets to Art for the past two years, you’re in luck. The spectacular floral tribute art returns in full for its 38th year starting June 7.

The week-long event features works of art – paintings, sculptures, objects and architecture – from Young’s permanent collection which have been paired with fantastic floral arrangements created by over 100 of the world’s most talented floral designers. Bay Area.

Funds raised will support special exhibits, curatorial projects and educational programs at the Legion of Honor and de Young Museums in San Francisco.

If you’ve been to it in the past, you’ll remember how fresh and fragrant the galleries of the museum are during this week, filled with amazing bold flowers and fantasies of foliage.

The opening night preview takes place on June 6. It features food and drink by McCall’s Catering and Events and floral apparel designed by City College of San Francisco floristry students. Guests must provide photo ID and proof of vaccinations, including a booster shot, to attend. Tickets are $450 and allow admission between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at 415-750-7648 or at

Photo by Randy Dodson

Floral designers Cathy Boldt and Paige McKinley pay homage to Lederle and Geissler’s “Iris, Lily and Cattail Window.”

This opening event will be followed by a series of talks, priced at $55 each, throughout the week:

• Remco van Vliet is a third-generation Dutch master florist who creates the grand arrangements of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In his talk, “Still Lifes – Still Alive with Remco van Vliet”, he will explain how to bring lasting creative elegance into his own environments. It’s at 2 p.m. on June 7th.

• Lauren Palmor, Assistant Curator of American Art at the Fine Arts Museums, will speak about her new book, “Bouquets of Art: A Floral Dictionary from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco,” at 10 am June 8. A book signing will take place following.

• Gregor Lersc, an internationally renowned master florist and teacher, will discuss “organic and sustainable floral inspirations”
at 2 p.m. on June 8.

• Justina Blakeney, Founder of Jungalow, will discuss how to incorporate heritage, cultural influences, art, flowers and plants to bring positive energy to spaces, in her talk, “Botanicals as Materials, Muse and Magic” at 5 p.m. on June 9. A dedication will follow.

A deluxe raffle including trips to Italy, Healdsburg and Carmel, food and cultural experiences in San Francisco and more is on offer. Tickets are $20 each or $100 for six and winners do not need to be present for the June 12 draw.

Details: Bouquets to Art is from 9:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. June 7-12 at the De Young Museum at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Tickets are $35 with discounts available and include admission to the “Alice Neel: People Come First” exhibit. Information at 415-750-3600 or visit Lunches are from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on June 8 and 9; tickets are $135.

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Please send an email describing one (or both), what you like best, and a photo or two. I will publish the best in the next columns. Your name will be published and you must be over 18 and a resident of Marin.

PJ Bremier writes on home, garden, design and entertainment topics every Saturday. She can be contacted at PO Box 412, Kentfield 94914, or at

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