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The Garden at Highgrove
David Howard is the head gardener for Prince Charles at his Highgrove Estate, home to one of the England’s most admired gardens. Working closely with Prince Charles, Howard has created a stunning jewel of a garden, visited by nearly 20,000 people last year. Diverse in design, organic in method, and refreshingly unique, the garden is an inspiration. In this lecture, Howard will speak in detail about bringing Prince Charles’s vision for his garden to amazing fruition. Howard will also speak specifically about organic gardening in a second lecture.
10:00a.m. on Thursday, April 27
Lecture underwritten by an anonymous donor

Coffee served before morning lecture for those holding tickets
Underwritten by Natural Shore Technology
Organic Gardening
Head gardener for Prince Charles’s Highgrove Estate, David Howard shares the Prince’s passion for organic gardening. Together they’ve created a beautiful, award-winning, and inspirational garden using only environmentally responsible methods. In this lecture, Howard will discuss the organic gardening approach used at Highgrove with ideas and tips for translating his methods to home gardens. Howard will also lecture on Thursday morning on the Highgrove garden in general. See above for details.
1:30p.m. on Friday, April 28
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Lecture underwritten by Kathy and Allen Lenzmeier

Outside the Not So Big House
Julie Moir Messervy is an acclaimed landscape designer, author and lecturer with an inspired vision for creating outdoor sanctuaries that feed the spirit. Her innovative approach to composing gardens of beauty and meaning is changing the way people think about their outdoor surroundings. Together with America’s favorite home architect, Sarah Susanka, she wrote the groundbreaking book, Outside the Not So Big House. Messervy will discuss how we can integrate the interiors and exteriors of our homes, creating the perception of appealing 'oneness'.
1:30p.m. on Thursday, April 27
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Lecture underwritten by Lakewood Cemetery

Dan Seefelt and Dan Kotecki, "Stunning Floral Arrangements"
Watch floral works of art come to life in this simultaneous demonstration featuring two master designers. Dan Seefelt, until recently a New York floral designer for stars including Robert DeNiro and television shows such as One Life to Live, is now a creative design consultant for Bachman’s. Dan Kotecki was florist for star-studded events such as presidential inaugurations and Tournament of Roses Parades. He is a senior creative design consultant for Bachman’s, where he produces designs for some of the largest commercial accounts in the Twin Cities area. In the fun and lively demonstration, "The Duo Dans" will show how to create beautiful floral arrangements, which will be auctioned off following the lecture.
10:00a.m. on Friday, April 28
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Demonstration underwritten by Bachman's

Coffee served before morning demonstration for those holding tickets
Underwritten by Judy and Don Kotula

Creating Enchanting Window Boxes
Window boxes make for lovely little gardens that dress up any house and are just right for experimenting with new plants or making an inspired design statement. Debbie Bradley is owner of Nature’s Harvest, an ivy-covered shop in Wayzata that’s part garden center, part decorating shop, and part floral store. Designer Vicky Greer of Nature’s Harvest is a favorite container gardener specializing in color and texture of plants. Together, Bradley and Greer will demonstrate their distinctive methods of creating enchanting window boxes perfect for Minnesota’s ever-changing seasons.
10:30a.m. on Saturday, April 29
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Floral Demonstration underwritten by the Ted and Roberta Mann Foundation

Legendary WCCO Radio personalities Boone and Erickson will be the official emcees for Art in Bloom, bringing their unique sense of humor and fabulous camaraderie to our events, especially the gala dinner. Minnesotans know this lively duo from their forty wonderful years on WCCO radio. Art in Bloom is the perfect opportunity to bring these two back together - Roger Erickson has long been interested in flowers and gardening and has a hobby farm with a menagerie of animals, and Charlie Boone, a long-time art aficionado and collector, loves to visit the museum. In fact, he highly recommends our galleries as a great place for dating couples. He and his wife, Carol, had their first date at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Gala Preview Party "In the Pink: A British Celebration"
See the flowers at their freshest, wander the galleries, enjoy dinner and friends, and bid on a unique array of silent auction treasures.
6:00-10:00p.m. on Wednesday, April 26
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Underwritten by LOWRY HILL Private Wealth Management and MARSH Private Client Services

Family Day Event
Our Family Day Event gives kids and parents a chance to explore the wonders of art and nature together. This year's event is inspired by Doreen Cronin's children's book, Diary of a Worm, a whimsical journal about the daily doings and the hidden world of a lovable underground dweller. Illustrator and cartoonist, Harry Bliss, will join us for the fun. Come hear a theatrical storyteller, create your own art with an exciting craft project, and follow our "Worm Trail." The activities and events will run continuously from 1 to 4 p.m. Activities were designed with children ages 4 to 10 in mind, but there’s plenty of fun for everyone in the family to enjoy. FREE, Registration required.
1:00-4:00p.m. on Saturday, April 29
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Event underwritten by Cheerios

Special Event
Have a bloomin' good time at Art in Bloom's newest event. Flowers After Hours is a lively, complimentary party with an English pub flair on Thursday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. Sign up for a pub-style art quiz (complete with great prizes, including two round-trip tickets to London). Meet our floral artists and find out what inspires them, enjoy a variety of live music, pub-inspired savories, sweets, and beverages will be available for purchase. Head to the museum after work with friends for a different kind of happy hour. It’s a chance to see the Art in Bloom arrangements at their peak, and enjoy a great party!
5:00-8:00p.m. on Thursday, April 27
No Reservations Required
To register for the Pub Quiz, call 612-870-3279 or e-mail
Event underwritten by Briggs and Morgan, P.A.

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