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Events for Friday, April 29, 2011

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Art in Bloom

Join us for Art in Bloom, a four-day festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art, presented by the Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. This spring celebration highlights the talents of more than 150 floral artists, whose work will be on view next to the works of art that inspired them. From Thursday through Sunday, you're invited to experience the floral fragrance throughout the museum, enjoy a lecture or demonstration, attend a party or free docent tour, and browse in the Art in Bloom Shop.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Fresh Classics: A Celebration of the Spring Senses
Pillsbury Auditorium

Floral Demonstration by Bob Hampton.

Enjoy the beauty of flowers, grasses, and branches as they are combined with floral designs in an artistic manner--creative naturalism at its best! Hampton will share his thoughts on how flowers relate to our everyday lives and home environments.

A Memphis native, Hampton (AIFD, AAF, PFCI) is freelance designer. He has owned Hampton Designs, Inc., a distinctive floral and interior design firm, for 20 years. Sponsored by Sheila Morgan.

Admission: $25

To reserve tickets, call (612) 870-6323 or reserve tickets online»

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Art in Bloom boxed lunches
Wells Fargo Community Room

Gourmet on the go during Art in Bloom! Plan ahead for a quick bite between gallery stops. Seating available both indoors and on the patio (weather permitting). Advance reservation required.

Admission: $20

To reserve tickets, call (612) 870-6323 or reserve tickets online »

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Fragrance in the Garden
Pillsbury Auditorium

Lecturer Bonnie Blodgett, who calls herself "The Blundering Gardener," is a St. Paul-based writer, gardener, and do-it-yourselfer. She is the author of a popular newsletter, The Garden Letter, as well as the 2010 book Remembering Smell: a Memoir of Losing--and Discovering--the Primal Sense. Sponsored by Nordstrom.

Admission: $25

To reserve tickets, call (612) 870-6323 or reserve tickets online »