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Virtual Bouquets to Art 2020

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Virtual Bouquets to Art 2020 featured museum curators, conservators, and featured floral designers to bring your favorite floral content to the comfort of your own home amidst the Covid-19 Shelter in Place! Programs included featured talks, floral-themed games, interactive demos, and more. See below for a full list of last year’s offerings.

Schedule of Events

View last year's Virtual Bouquets to Art daily floral programming on Facebook and Instagram! Our robust schedule of talks highlights the history of Bouquets to Art, the staff that makes it all possible, celebrity florists, and even a tour of the San Francisco Flower Mart. 

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Virtual Bouquets to Art: Q&A with Renowned Florist Philippa Craddock
Philippa Craddock
’s style encompasses the English country garden idyll, focusing on sustainability in her techniques and the sourcing of the flowers she uses for clients. Her past clients include Vogue, Christian Dior, and the wedding of Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Join us as she gives insight into her design aesthetic and discusses her experiences as a world-renowned florist across the pond.

Virtual Bouquets to Art: What Is Bouquets to Art? Docent-Led Art Talk
New to Bouquets to Art? Learn about the museum’s most beloved 36-year annual tradition and fundraiser, Bouquets to Art. Museum docent Maureen Murray Fox will share the history of this weeklong event, discuss the exhibitor selection process, show images of past floral designs inspired by art, and explain what to look forward to during our weeklong virtual Bouquets to Art live programming on Facebook and Instagram.

Virtual Bouquets to Art: How Our Conservators Protect Art during Bouquets to Art
While flowers in paintings are beautiful, bringing live flowers into the galleries presents safety issues that our Conservation department is ready to handle. Paintings conservator Tricia O’Regan explains the strict process every floral designer’s set of materials must undergo during Bouquets to Art in order to protect our collection. O’Regan describes her experience of being on our team of Bouquets to Art’s “conservation sheriffs” over the past 25 years.

Virtual Bouquets to Art: Collection Favorites among the Floral Exhibitors
Karin Breuer, curator in charge of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts
, has been a part of Bouquets to Art for over 20 years. In this live discussion, Breuer discusses the artwork selection process and five of the most popular permanent collection pieces selected by our floral exhibitors. Learn more about the artists of these works and how they’ve been seen through different floral interpretations throughout the years.

Virtual Bouquets to Art: “Art is the Flower”—Floral Stories from the American Art Collection
Throughout art history, flowers have been a favorite subject for artists, designers, and artisans. Aside from the obvious beauty of blossoms and petals, many floral subjects bear additional layers of symbolism and significance. Join Lauren Palmor, Ph.D., assistant curator of American art, as she explores the fascinating tales of adventure, ambition, and inspiration behind some of her favorite florals in the de Young’s American art collection.

Virtual Bouquets to Art: Touring the Iconic San Francisco Flower Mart
Come explore the recently reopened San Francisco Flower Mart with us! Go behind-the-scenes and learn how our exhibitors prepare their floral masterpieces each year at this iconic institution dating back to the late 1800s. Join members of our Flower Committee volunteer group as they walk through the San Francisco Flower Mart discussing their process in selecting flowers and how they find new inspiration with each visit.

Virtual Bouquets to Art: Bouquet Building Live!
Did you know Bouquets to Art isn’t the only time of year the Museums are blooming? Every Monday, members of our Flower Committee volunteer group arrange new flower bouquets throughout the de Young and Legion of Honor museums. In celebration of summer, bring everything you’ve learned from our live sessions this week and join us for an interactive bouquet-building workshop. Head to your go-to flower shop to grab some fresh blooms or forage from your own garden and join to create your own moment of joy—the perfect way to cap off Virtual Bouquets to Art!


San Francisco Flower Mart. Photograph by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Bouquets to Art Photo Albums

Past Bouquets to Art photo album
Exhibitors at Home photo album

Bouquets to Art From Home

Coloring Pages
Adults and children alike, relax and color with us! Create your very own floral masterpiece on paper with our coloring pages based on our permanent collection

Vegetable Flower Stamps: Create flower shaped stamps using vegetables found at home. Enjoy this recipe for a fun and educational activity that will foster creativity in children of all ages.

Flower Crown: Create a flower crown inspired by our upcoming exhibition Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can be Deceiving.

Listen to our flower power inspired playlist on your next quarantine walk. Press play!

Keep Bouquets to Art with you at all times with one of our downloadable cell phone or desktop backgrounds. 

Sponsors

Grand Patron
Diane B. Wilsey

Honorary Gala Chair
Lorna Meyer Calas

Bouquets to Art Co-Chairs
Jennifer Forbeck
Kathleen Taylor

Significant Support
Dodge & Cox
G2 Insurance

Generous Support
Sloat Garden Center
Wells Fargo

Additional support is also provided by the Belvedere-Tiburon, East Bay, Hillsborough, Ross, and San Francisco Auxiliaries of the Fine Arts Museums.