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Bouquets to Art 2021

Floral designs inspired by art

June 8-13, 2021


Bouquets to Art is back in the galleries this year to celebrate the summer season in its 37th year with a new palette of fresh flowers in June. Inspired by works of art in the de Young museum’s galleries, the weeklong display of floral installations offers new ways of seeing the permanent collection. While the galleries are blooming, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco host an Opening Night event, a luxury raffle, and demonstrations and experiences with renowned floral designers as speakers.

Bouquets to Art is presented by the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums. Proceeds from Bouquets to Art help underwrite exhibitions, conservation projects, and education programs at the Fine Arts Museums. Bouquets to Art is presented by the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums.

Though we hope to return to the galleries in June, kindly note that all on-site events are subject to change or cancellation in accordance with city, county, and state health guidelines. Please visit this page for the most up-to-date information.

General admission tickets to view Bouquets to Art will be available on April 21st. 

Members-Only Viewing Hours

June 9 - 10 \ 6pm - 9pm 

Members at all levels are invited to enjoy Extended Viewing Hours. We look forward to sharing fabulous floral interpretations of de Young artworks with you and your guests once again. This year, for the first time, look for collection highlights in the arts of Africa and Oceania galleries upstairs, as well as plenty of perennial Bouquets to Art favorites, such as Frederic Edwin Church’s Rainy Season in the Tropics (1866). Stroll through the de Young and you’re sure to find inspiration in every corner. 

Tickets will be available on April 21. Members receive up to their daily ticket allotment for free and may purchase additional tickets for extra guests. 

Members Visit Bouquets to Art for Free!

Interested in renewing your member benefits, including additional exhibition viewing opportunities? Visit us online at or call 800-777-9996 to enjoy a full new year of membership benefits right away.

Photo-Free Viewing Hours

Thursday, June 10 \ 3:30–5 pm
Friday, June 11 \ 9:30 am-noon

Bouquets to Art Virtual Programming

Enhance your Bouquets to Art experience with additional online floral programming.

Image Courtesy of Soho Sakai

Ikebana Reflects the Person Who Arranged It with Soho Sakai 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 \ Zoom Webinar

Join well-respected international ikebana teacher Soho Sakai, who began practicing the ancient Japanese art and discipline of ikebana in 1957 in Kumamoto, Japan, for her virtual program. As a longtime Bouquets to Art exhibitor and presenter, Sakai will discuss the relationship between ikebana, nature, and the floral designer, exploring how the designer creates beauty with feelings. Live Q&A.

Tickets are $15 and will be available on April 21. Check back here for the ticket link.

Drew Altizer Photography

Virtual Visit 

Starting June 9, 2021 \ Online 

Unable to make it to the de Young this year, or wish to complement your on-site visit with unobstructed views of the floral creations? Treat yourself to an in-depth look at every floral design in the galleries with a ticket to our virtual visit, filled with behind-the-scenes details, curator picks, and more! 

Tickets are free for members and $10 for the general public. Not a member? Sign up today at

Check back here to purchase tickets, available on April 21.

Opening Preview

Gary Sexton Photography

June 7, 2021 \ de Young Museum

Be the first to view the floral designs in the galleries at the Bouquets to Art Opening Preview. With the purchase of a package, attendees will receive early access to view, at your leisure, the newly created and impressive floral designs in the de Young galleries. Guests will also enjoy the stunning floral fashions created by San Francisco City College students and receive elegant boxed dinners prepared by McCall’s Catering and Events to enjoy at home after viewing the floral delights onsite. View the benefits associated with each level here

For more information on Opening Preview tickets, please view the please email 

Luxury Benefit Raffle

Support the Museums while taking a chance on winning great prizes.

Raffle tickets are $20 each or $100 for six. Raffle winners will be notified via email on June 13.

A. Wine Country Life
Escape for a luxury art-and wine-filled getaway, including two nights at MacArthur Place, private wine tasting and an outdoor sculpture tour at the Donum Estate in Sonoma, tours of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art in Sonoma, Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, and di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art in Napa, plus dinners at The Girl and the Fig and Cafe La Haye in Sonoma.

Photography courtesy of MacArthur Place

B. Gourmet San Francisco
A taste of some of the finest restaurants and bars in or near San Francisco, including Trick Dog Bar, Murray Circle at Cavallo Point, Waterbar, Kokkari, One Market, Mister Jiu’s, Mathilde French Bistro, and Piperade.

Photograph courtesy of Waterbar

C. Go Behind the Scenes!
Enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences at well-known Bay Area venues including San Francisco City Hall; California Academy of Sciences; Marine Mammal Center; a San Francisco Ballet private studio rehearsal; and the conservation lab at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco plus a complimentary two-year Enthusiast level membership at the Fine Arts Museums!

Photography courtesy of the San Francisco Ballet

D. Paso Robles Breakaway
Unwind with a two-night stay at boutique Hotel Piccolo; savor dinners at Il Cortile Ristorante and Thomas Hill Organics; enjoy tastings and tour at Law Estate Wines, Booker Wines, Epoch Estate Wines and Dilecta Wines; and take part in an olive-oil tasting and private tour at Kiler Ridge Olive Farm.

Photograph courtesy of Epoch Estate Wines

E. Garden Delights 
Marvel at glorious Bay Area gardens with private tours of Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery, Walnut Creek; the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, Palo Alto; the Japanese Tea Garden and the Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco; and a special lunch and access to two exquisite private gardens in Atherton.

Photography courtesy of the Japanese Tea Garden

F. Sunny San Diego
Relax for two nights at the Lodge at Torrey Pines with daily breakfast, treatments at the full-service spa, dinner at Oceana Coastal Kitchen, and a $250 gift card to spend at renowned restaurant A.R. Valentien or a round of golf. Also enjoy a private tour of the USS Midway.

Photograph courtesy of The Lodge at Torrey Pines


View last year’s Virtual Bouquets to Art 2020



Grand Patron
Diane B. Wilsey

Bouquets to Art Co-Chairs
Tracy Barsotti
Jennifer Forbeck

Lead Sponsor

Lorna Meyer Calas
Native Bear Consulting

Generous Support
Dodge & Cox

Additional Support
Sloat Garden Center

In-Kind Support
See’s Candies
Sosie Wines

Programs are supported by the Belvedere-Tiburon, East Bay, Hillsborough, and Ross Auxiliaries of the Fine Arts Museums.

Bouquets to Art is presented by the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums.

Interested in sponsoring Bouquets to Art? Contact Elizabeth Hundt, Associate Director of Special Events, at

Image credit:

Header image: Beth Van Hoesen, Matilija Poppy, pl. 2 (detail), from the portfolio Poppies and Peony, 1976. Color aquatint, etching, and drypoint, image: 13 7/8 x 12 3/8 in. (35.1 x 31.5 cm); sheet: 24 3/4 x 21 3/4 in. (62.7 x 55.1 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Crown Point Press Archive, Museum purchase, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George M. Marcus, 1991.28.437