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    Curated: Bouquets to Art 2017

    CuratedBouquets-02At the de Young, March 14–19

    Spring officially begins on March 20, but you’ll find the spirit and intoxicating floral scents of this hopeful season at Bouquets to Art 2017, an ephemeral display of flower and other plant arrangements created by more than 120 of the Bay Area’s most innovative and sought-after floral designers. Now in its 33rd year, this highly anticipated event features a dazzling display of such arrangements inspired by the de Young’s diverse collection of paintings, objects, and sculptures, as well as the architecture of the building.

    The exhibition and fundraiser lasts just a week, so be sure not to miss it. All proceeds from Bouquets to Art 2017 will benefit the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

    During the exhibition, the galleries will be adorned with elegant and elaborate arrangements, including a large-scale focal piece installed in Wilsey Court, the heart of the de Young museum. Throughout the week, stylish luncheons and pop-up discussions by internationally renowned guest speakers will complement the Bouquets to Art 2017 experience. This year’s guest speakers include Françoise Weeks of European Floral Design; Elizabeth Murray, author of Monet’s Passion; Stephen Wicks and Mark Welford of Bloomsbury Flowers; Ariella Chezar of Ariella Flowers; and Riccardo Benavides, founder of Ideas Event Styling.

    Visitors also can join an on-site raffle of luxury goods and services, and purchase bouquets from a Parisian-style flower cart sponsored by Stargazer Barn. Members-only viewing hours will be available Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6 to 8 p.m., and photography-free hours will take place Wednesday through Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon. (Unless you want to snap away, we recommend going at those photo-free times, since this popular event is often packed with photographers who like to linger in front of the displays.)


    The weeklong exhibition launches on Monday, March 14, with Le Beau Jardin—an opening gala inspired by French culture, where guests will enjoy the first viewing of the exhibition. Les Copains D’Abord will provide the evening’s entertainment. Throughout the evening, models will stroll through the reception museum wearing ensembles created entirely from fresh flowers, designed by students from City College of San Francisco.

    For more information on the gala, related lunches and programs, please visit