Just like every year, the deYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park combines a ringing in of the spring season with celebrating fine art at the annual Bouquets to Art – an event that took place from March 19 to March 23. The event was a hit as visitors came to gawk at the impressive skills of floral designers hailing from the Bay Area. The objective of the event is to create an arrangement that pays tribute to or draws inspiration from the art found in the museum’s permanent collections. The event also incorporated floral lectures and demonstrations.

Yes, there were some of the arrangements in the Bouquets to Art exhibit that offered traditional bouquets, but many went well beyond the typical spread of garden-variety flowers. This year, more than 130 floral designers participated in the event – making use of flowers, twigs, branches, seed pods, pussy willows, and succulents to create eye-catching arrangements.

A few pieces include:

  • Yoko Ishii Klingebiel and Naoko Suzuki offered a sweeping red dogwood and pussy willow design with succulent paddle plant accents to accommodate the rhythmic lines of Dorothy Napargardi’s “Sandhills.”
  • The floral design by Monique Duncan of Plumweed Flowers Co gained inspiration from Robert Rauschenberg’s “Shadow (Tracks)” sculpture that was displayed on the wall behind the piece.
  • Floral designer Peggy O’Neill of Hearts and Flowers, captured Edward Hopper’s painting “Portrait of Orleans” with orange and yellow blooms that incorporated a tire into the piece.
  • Kaori Imaizumi of Blooming Floral Design created a bouquet that made great use of the bold pops of color of Sam Francis’s “Helios” piece.
  • Samantha Williams, Clara McInerney and Dimitri Tretiakoff of Glen Ellen created “Tea for Two” – complete with a flower-covered cake, and orange and yellow moon cactus petit fours.
  • Debbie Hitchcock created a lady made out of foliage and ribbons to match the “Tulip Culture” by George Hitchcock.