Coming Up Roses: A Floral Takeover of the de Young

In a highly-anticipated, much-loved weeklong event, the de Young Museum will (quite literally) breath life into art.

Lending a new meaning to “still life,” Bouquets to Art aims to not only complement the de Young’s existing permanent collection, but also lend it a living personality that inspires viewers on another plane. By bringing together the abiding beauty of paintings with the fresh exuberance of flora, we arrive at an entirely new, utterly synergistic end result.

With thirty-four years running, Bouquets to Art has proved to be one of the most long-lasting traditions of the de Young Museum. Take one look, and you understand why this is so. Not only do the galleries sing with the language of flowers, but the de Young also hosts a series of luncheons, lectures, and pop-up discussions by renowned floral experts and tastemakers from the world over, all of whom aim to teach and inspire in the vein of floral masterpieces.

To put your wallet at peace (which, let’s be frank, is always a nice gesture), the funds from Bouquets to Art help underwrite exhibitions, conserve art throughout the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and also drive educational programs at the Legion of Honor and the de Young.

// Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco. Open 9:30 a.m.– 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays–Sundays. Open select holidays; closed most Mondays; deyoung.famsf.org.


Isabella Welch is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in history. Her writing has been featured in history journals, travel blogs, arts & culture magazines, and more. Director of Editorial & Creative Development at Bob Cut Mag, lover of stories and tinto de verano, she’s usually found wandering the Headlands.


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