In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Worcester Art Museum will be closed to the public until early October 2020.
Please click here for more information.

Flora in Winter: Epic Bloom

Flora in Winter 2020

Thursday, January 23 – Sunday, January 26, 2020

Get a welcome taste of spring during the 18th-annual Flora in Winter! One of our most highly anticipated events, this four-day extravaganza features captivating and imaginative flower arrangements inspired by works of art and created by the region's top floral designers.

Flora in Winter is supported in part by the Bernard G. and Louise B. Palitz Fund and the Spear Fund for Public Programs.

Sponsored by Unibank.

Unibank logo

General admission to Flora in Winter is at the door only (no advance purchase is possible)
View admission prices

Public events and tours are free with Flora admission, unless noted otherwise (see Programs listing below)

Register for ticketed events online at

Flora admission is FREE for Members – Click to join! An example floral arrangement from 2018


A Celebration! “Flora Euphoria”

Friday, January 24, 5:30-8pm
Members / Business Partners / Institutional Members / EBT $25,
Nonmembers $40, Youth 4-17 $10, Salisbury Members Free.
Don't miss our exclusive evening celebration of Flora in Winter, inspired by the exhibition Photo Revolution: Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman! The festivities include entertainment, live music, hearty hors d'oeuvres, and cash bar. Valet available at Lancaster Street entrance for $5 per car. Tickets sold online and at the door.

Chairman's Tour of Flora ~ Salisbury Society Members Only

Free, includes “Flora Euphoria”
Friday, January 24, 2020
3:30pm and 4pm: Tours and reception with Flora Chairs;
5:30-8:30pm: “Flora Euphoria”
To join the Salisbury Society, contact 508.793.4325 or

Thursday, Jan. 23

Workshop: Leaf Manipulation, with Thelma Shoneman

Conference Room
$50—Limited to 24 people
Online registration required at
Create a living “quilt square” design to take home, while learning leaf manipulation—such as pleating and weaving using fresh foliage—from an expert. Bring your own clippers, stapler, and imagination.

Leaf Manipulation Workshop example arrangement Leaf Manipulation Workshop example arrangement Leaf Manipulation Workshop example arrangement

Workshop: Groovy Felt Flower, with Ellen Donaldson

Studio 100
Online registration required at
Create fun and colorful felt flower pins in this Flora-inspired workshop!
For all ages. All materials included.

Friday, Jan. 24

Flora Live Interpretation in the Gallery: Two Impressions, One Renoir

Members $20, Nonmembers $40 (includes Flora admission)—Limited to 30 people
Online registration required at
Enjoy coffee and pastry in the Café before watching expert floral designers Julie Lapham and Sarah Ribeiro create separate interpretations of a 19th-century masterpiece.

Lecture: Elemental Flora, with Kim Cutler

Conference Room
Flora in Winter co-chair Kim Cutler reveals how floral designers look for clues (such as color, line, and texture) in works of art when creating interpretive flower arrangements. This talk will be illustrated with stunning examples from past Floras.

Saturday, Jan. 25

Flower Power Art Carts

10am-1pm and 1:30-3:30pm
Face Painting in Lancaster Lobby
Chenille Stem Flower Making in Salisbury Hall
Join Museum educators in these interactive drop-in activities.

Fresh, Festive, Fantastic: A Mix of Traditional and “Way Out” Floral Creations for Home Entertaining

9:30am (coffee and pastry); 10-11:30am (demo); 11:30am-12:30pm (tour)
Conference Room
Members $20, Nonmembers $40 (includes Flora admission)
Online registration required at
Sally Jablonski, of Herbert E. Berg Florist and World Cup of Flower Arranging finalist, shows how to create centerpieces for your dining room table or entertaining spaces—using her award-winning design techniques. Program includes refreshments and a docent-led tour of Flora.

Concert: Post Road Chorus

Renaissance Court
With infectious joy, Post Road Chorus, a Sweet Adeline's International chorus, performs favorite tunes in a capella four-part harmony.

Sunday, Jan. 26

Flower Power Art Carts

11am-1pm and 1:30-3:30pm
Face Painting in Lancaster Lobby
Chenille Stem Flower Making in Salisbury Hall
Join Museum educators in these interactive drop-in activities.

Lecture: Artificial Flowers in the Age of Aquarius, with Nancy Burns

Conference Room
$10—Seating is limited
Online registration required at
Stoddard Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs Nancy Burns talks about various kinds of flora in art during the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, as a complement to the exhibition Photo Revolution: Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman.

Concert: Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble

Renaissance Court
A Flora favorite, the sublime Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble performs musical selections from the 17th and 18th centuries.

New This Year! Dine with a Pop Artist

Visit the McDonough Court to see three unique tablescapes, inspired by the Photo Revolution exhibition and created by Sparkle, Sparrow Lane, and P.S. Event Rentals. The table designed by Petal & Wren can be seen on the Renaissance Court balcony.

An example floral arrangement from 2019


Members: Free during exhibition hours
Non-Members: $25
Youth (4-17): $8
Institutional Members: $12
Business Partners: $12
EBT/WIC/ConnectorCare: Free


Members enjoy free admission for all four days except at “Flora Euphoria” Celebration. To join or renew call 508.793.4300, or purchase online.

Please note: discounts and coupons may not be used during Flora in Winter.


Experience Flora

Free with Museum admission.

  • Hour-long docent tours: Friday – Sunday at 11am, 1pm, and 2pm. Meet in Salisbury Hall.
  • Docents in the Galleries 10:30am-2:30pm sharing information on the interpretive arrangements.

Private Group

Arrange a private tour for groups of 10 or more by calling Jan Ewick at
508-793-4338. Two weeks advance notice requested.

An example floral arrangement from 2019

Hours and Parking

Museum & Shop

Thursday, January 23: 10am-4pm
Friday, January 24: 10am-5pm; The Museum and Shop reopen from 5:30-8pm for “Flora Euphoria”
Saturday, January 25: 10am-5pm
Sunday, January 26: 10am-5pm

Museum Café

For questions, please contact the Café Manager at 508.793.4357.
Thursday, January 23: 11am-3pm
Friday, January 24: 11am-2pm
Saturday, January 25: 11am-3pm
Sunday, January 26: 11am-3pm

Museum Library

Thursday, January 23: 12-4pm
Friday, January 24: 12-4pm
Saturday, January 25: 10am-4pm
Sunday, January 26: closed


Valet parking will be available at the Lancaster Street entrance for a fee of $5 per car.
Friday 2:30-8pm
Saturday, 9:30am-5pm
Sunday, 9:30am-5pm


Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Photos: Flora in Winter at Worcester Art Museum
January 24, 2020

Spectrum News 1
“Flora in Winter” at the Worcester Art Museum
January 23, 2020

Flora in Winter 2020 Press Release

An example floral arrangement from 2019