Spotlight: Back in bloom

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by Jessie Ammons

Art in Bloom, a four-day celebration of art, flowers, and creativity, returns this month to the North Carolina Museum of Art. Last year’s inaugural event received rave reviews, which spurred an even more robust lineup this year. A highlight is the assortment of breathtaking floral arrangements inspired by works in the museum’s permanent collection. Stop by the museum to see all 56 of these creations, on display throughout the April 7-10 festival. Or mark your calendar for one of the workshops listed here, which are just a small sampling of the full schedule. Visit to see the complete list and buy tickets. Here’s hoping this becomes an annual tradition.  

Opening dessert reception
Meet the designers for a first look of this year’s arrangements. Proceeds of this event go toward future Art in Blooms.
Thursday April 7; 8 p.m.; $55 

Olivier Giugni
Mastermind of the leaf-wrapped vase, Olivier
Giugni is considered an haute couturier of floral design. After a floral demonstration and illustrated presentation, he’ll sign copies of his book, Living Art: Style Your Home With Flowers.
Thursday April 7; 3 p.m.; $55

Bonsai demonstration
A bonsai-growing class for beginners sold out by the end of January. But this event gives you the chance to watch experts from the Triangle Bonsai Society demonstrate the steps of bonsai design.
Friday April 8; 3 p.m.; free 

Create a personal perfume
Carolyn Hassett, owner of Cary-based Escentuelle Signature Fragrance Creation, will offer pointers and ingredients to let you concoct your own unique scent.
Sunday April 10; 10:30 a.m.; $115

Parent-child blooms and brushstrokes
Raleigh florist Cydney Davis-English will teach artists of every age how to create a floral design in pottery and mix a plant-inspired color palette.
Sunday April 10; 2 p.m.; $30