By Barbara Falconer Newhall
It’s that time of year again. It’s spring — in California anyway. Daffodils and tulips are poking their heads up around the San Francisco Bay Area. And flower lovers have once again flocked to the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park to see what local floral designers are up to these days.
The occasion was the annual Bouquets to Art show at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s de Young. Dozens of local designers are invited to participate in the event each year by riffing on one of the de Young’s works of art using flowers, sticks, bulbs and seed pods. And this year, some of them seemed to be hell-bent on mastering the art of the two-dimensional floral arrangement.
I took in the show toward its end this year, on a Saturday, and the bouquets, now nearly a week old, were holding up nicely. As always, my favorites were the arrangements that relied almost entirely on natural ingredients. Flat, boxed designs were legion. And they bowled me over with their quirky charm.
More Bouquets to Art bouquets at “Leaves, Twigs and Seeds at the de Young: It’s Art, but Is It a Bouquet?” Also, “The Down Side of Things Beautiful — From the Mighty Rose to the Humble Daisy.”