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Bouquets to Art celebrates 30 years of art through flowers at de Young

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The synergy between the ephemeral beauty of floral design and the lasting works of art that serve as inspiration make Bouquets to Art the eagerly awaited spring event each March at the de Young Museum.

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Just as the right pairing of wine can enhance, expand, and deepen one’s enjoyment of a beautifully prepared meal, so a well-conceived floral arrangement might offer museum visitors a delicious new connection with a painting, sculpture or print.

And so the crowds come, to inhale the floral fragrances, ooh and aah at the sheer sensual extravaganza, and photograph every favorite design. These may be lush with the multiple colors of tulips, snapdragons, roses and cherry blossoms, or simple and stark as Rhonda Stoffel’s design with “white anthuriums representing the feathers of the swan and black ti leaves representing the dark and foreboding nature of the black door” in her homage to Alexander Pope’s, “The Wild Swan,” 1900.

This landmark 30th year will showcase work by 125 of the Bay Area’s most talented floral designers. There will be floral design demonstrations by locally, nationally and internationally acclaimed floral designers, including the chief floral designer for the White House, an Ikebana master and the artistic director of the flowers for the 2011 royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Bouquets to Art coincides with the special exhibition Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George, which showcases some of the artist’s brilliant paintings of flowers which were considered revolutionary, controversial and stunning.

In honor of its 30th anniversary, Bouquets to Art will be extended through Sunday with events like seated luncheons Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and special hands-on art activities for children during the weekend.

Bouquets to Art raffle tickets buy the chance to win exotic travel packages, fine dining, wine-tastings and other luxury items.

All proceeds from the entire Bouquets to Art event benefit the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Funds from prior years have supported special exhibitions, art acquisitions, educational programs and special projects at the Legion of Honor and the de Young.

Income from Bouquets to Art 2013 was used to fund, in part, the special exhibitions Impressionists on the Water, which was on view at the Legion of Honor from June to October 2013, and Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George, on view at the de Young from February 15 through May 11, 2014.

Bouquets to Art proceeds have provided invaluable support for a variety of acquisitions, including Wayne Thiebaud’s Three Machines, an engraving by Albrecht Dürer, prints from the Crown Point Press archive and a pre-Columbian sculpture dating to 1000 BC. Funds from this annual fundraising event are also essential for ongoing conservation efforts to keep precious works, such as the immense 16th century Triumph of Justice tapestry, in pristine condition so that they can be displayed for museum visitors.

Schedule for remaining events:

Wednesday, March 19

9:30 a.m.‒5:15 p.m.: Floral exhibits
10 a.m.: “Classic Design with a Modern Twist” Floral design demonstration by Paris-trained designer, Thierry Chantrel

Noon: Luncheon in Piazzoni Murals Room

1:30 p.m.: “Flower Inspirations in the Natural Style” Floral design demonstration by White House chief floral designer Laura Dowling

6‒8 p.m.: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco member viewing hours

Thursday, March 20

9:30 a.m.‒5:15 p.m.: Floral exhibits

10 a.m.: “Floral Art of the Moment” Floral design demonstration by Soho Sakai, master of Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement

Noon: Luncheon in Piazzoni Murals Room

6‒8 p.m.: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco member viewing hours

Friday, March 21

9:30 a.m.‒5:15 p.m.: Floral exhibits

Saturday, March 22

9:30 a.m.‒5:15 p.m.: Floral exhibits

10:30 a.m.‒1 p.m.: Children’s hands-on art activities in the Piazzoni Murals Room

Sunday, March 23

9:30 a.m.‒5:15 p.m.: Floral exhibits, raffle drawing

10:30 a.m.‒1 p.m.: Children’s hands-on art activities in the Piazzoni Murals Room

For more information:

Bouquets to Art 2014 Admission

General admission allows access to all floral exhibits, located in the permanent collection galleries.

$22 Adults; $19 Seniors (65 and above); $18 Students with current ID; $15 Youths 6–17; Members and children 5 and under are admitted free. Save $1 with advance online ticket purchase (discount price is reflected in online shopping cart.) General admission tickets may be purchased in advance either online or in person at the museum box office during regular museum hours. Advance tickets are required for the luncheons and floral design demonstrations. For more information and to order tickets, go to

de Young Museum

Golden Gate Park

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive

San Francisco, CA 94118


Bouquets to Art 2014 Hours and Information:

Tuesday through Sunday, March 18–23, 9:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.

FAMSF member viewing hours on Wednesday, March 19, and Thursday, March 20, 6–8 p.m.

For more information on Bouquets to Art:

415-750-3504 or

Reservations with discounts for groups of 10 or more are available by contacting