Art in Bloom Festival on April 27

“Art in Bloom” begins Saturday, April 27, with drop-in Ikebana floral demonstrations presented and a Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) members-only viewing that evening.

On Sunday, April 28, the MFA will celebrate with a Family Day, including family-friendly programming, art-making activities, storytelling and live entertainment. Additionally, local artist Robert Guillemin (Sidewalk Sam) will be at the MFA, collaborating with visitors to leave their mark on the museum’s steps using sidewalk chalk.

This year’s featured speaker will be Shane Connolly, who received worldwide acclaim for the elegant and inspired floral décor he created for the 2011 royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Connolly will conduct two master classes with hands-on floral instruction on Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28. He will also present a lecture and demonstration on Monday, April 29, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a book signing. All presentations by Connolly are ticketed events.

Other highlights include a ticketed elegant tea, available Saturday through Monday, in the newly renovated William I. Koch Gallery, one of the museum’s grandest spaces, and the “Give the Arts a Chance” drawing, with prizes ranging from a Bermuda trip to box seats for the Red Sox. Daily events include continuous demonstrations of floral arranging for the home, outdoor walking tours exploring the architecture and neighboring gardens of the MFA, and free gallery tours highlighting the floral arrangements throughout the museum.

“Art in Bloom” is free with museum admission. Advanced ticket purchase is required for the Shane Connolly lecture and master classes and Elegant Tea.

Tickets may be purchased at, by calling 800-440-6975, or in person at the MFA ticket desks. For the full event schedule, visit programs/series/art-bloom.

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