“Art in Bloom” was sorely missed in 2006, so when it was announced that it would return in 2007, there was much rejoicing. This year’s theme, “Vive la Nouvelle Orleans!” was apt, as it celebrated the rebuilding spirit of the city and coincided with the exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art, “Femme, Femme, Femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France.”
“Art in Bloom” is hosted by and benefits the museum and the Garden Study Club of New Orleans. Other beneficiaries include the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Beauregard-Keyes House, Parkway Partners, the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, Longue Vue House and Gardens, and the Hermann-Grima/Gallier Historic Houses.
The five-day floral festivities started with a patron and preview party (photos shown here) on March 28 at which partygoers got an early look-see of the more than 100 floral fantasies created by local artists, celebrities, store owners and garden clubs. Local restaurants sated appetites, and music by Rebirth Brass Band, Sunpie Barnes and his Afro-Caribbean Sunspots, and Vavavoom kept all on their toes. The
following days, the displays were on view for the public, and there were seminars by floral designers Rene Hofstede of Mille Fiori and Haskell Eargle.
“Art in Bloom” blossomed with creativity—and the crowds enjoyed every minute of it.
Event co-chairs Kate Werner and Leah Engelhardt are flanked by their husbands John Werner and Miller Engelhardt
Fran Villere and Heidi Huguley
Elinor Petagna, Sandra Scoggin and Susan Johnson
Susan Gundlach, Tommy Westervelt and Cammie Myer
Anne Redd, Steve Hansel, Helen Lebourgeois and Sarah Young
Barbara Bush with Lou and Ruthie Frierson