The Garden of Eden: The 20th Anniversary of Art Blooms

The Garden of Eden: The 20th Anniversary of Art Blooms – march 5-8
Art Blooms complements the museum’s current special exhibition The Saint John’s Bible: A Modern Vision through Medieval Methods

Lauri FitzGerald


The Women’s Committee of the Walters Art Museum will host The Garden of Eden: The 20th Anniversary of Art Blooms, Thursday, March 5–Sunday, March 8, 2009. During this annual event, more than 30 area garden clubs will present their floral arrangements, which interpret artworks in the Medieval and Renaissance galleries of the Walters.

This springtime event will complement the Walters’ special exhibition, The Saint John’s Bible: A Modern Vision through Medieval Methods, on view February 15–May 24, 2009. The Women’s Committee is the lead sponsor of this exhibition. In keeping with the Eden theme, this year’s Art Blooms will feature “Garden Party” vignettes in the Walters’ Sculpture Court throughout the weekend. Noted local designers will create romantic settings such as “An Afternoon in the Country” and “A Sophisticated Respite.” Other Art Blooms programs include a preview party, gallery tours, floral design demonstrations and lectures with premier floral designer Ron Morgan and top garden designer Tovah Martin.

Support for The Garden of Eden: The 20th Anniversary of Art Blooms is provided by Merrill Lynch, Global Wealth Management Group, Alex Cooper Auctioneers, Legg Mason, WYPR 88.1 FM and Clavert Wholesale Florist.


Thursday, March 5, 6–9 p.m.
Price: $150 (Patron); $600 (Donor); $1000 (Benefactor). Visit for more information.
In a celebration of flowers, food and fine art, guests can marvel at the floral arrangements interpreting masterpieces from the Walters’ collections while sampling hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants.
Guests can also bid on silent auction items such as visits to private art collections and “behind-the-scenes” tours of museums.

Friday, March 6, 10–11 a.m.
Price: $50
Author of the bestselling book, The Center of Attention, celebrated floral designer Ron Morgan will discuss his innovative use of flowers, fruits and vegetables during a hands-on demonstration.

Friday, March 6, Time: 1–3 p.m.
Price: $125
Participants can try their hand at making their own unique designs with Ron Morgan’s guidance.
Workshop limited to 25 people. For workshop or lecture tickets, call 410-547-9000, ext. 305 or visit

Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Price: Free
During docent-led tours, visitors can learn about the museum’s masterpieces interpreted by Art Blooms flower arrangements.

Sunday, March 8, 2–4 p.m.
Price: Free
David Shover of The Blooming Basket will present informal flower arranging demonstrations in the Sculpture Court.

Sunday, March 8, 1–2 p.m.
Price: $25, members; $35, non-members

Author of The New Terrarium, Tovah Martin will present “Infusing the Garden with Personality,” an interactive program that encourages gardening enthusiasts to find and follow their own design paths.

The Walters Art Museum