flower events to celebrate spring

It's been quite a week for flowers! They've been celebrated near and far in so many ways that spring must be around the corner. From elaborate floral displays at the de Young Museum's Bouquets to Art exhibit in San Francisco to a wide range of floral fun at the Canada Blooms Festival in Toronto, you can find botanical beauty in nearly each corner of the globe this month.

Find one near you:

I had the opportunity to experience the very special Bouquets to Art exhibit in San Francisco this week. This is the third year I've attended and what a treat it continues to be! Floral designers from the Bay Area and elsewhere are selected to choose their top three pieces from the de Young Museum's permanent collection. Three weeks before the exhibit opens, the designers are given their assignment and get to work crafting incredibly involved works of floral art inspired by their assigned piece. Some of the same artwork gets chosen each year, so it's fun to see the differences in interpretation from year to year. While some designs are literal representations, others are quite abstract. This year, I particularly loved the linear pieces--we're so accustomed to seeing flowers in their organic shapes, it's neat to see this different design orientation. Here are a few of my favorites: