Flora in Winter

Thursday, February 25 – Sunday, February 28, 2021

Flora in Winter 2021 logo with a floral arrangement in the background

Enjoy the beauty of fresh flower arrangements, inspired by works of art and created by the area’s leading floral designers, during WAM's annual Flora in Winter! The muse for this year's Flora programming is the Worcester Wedding Kimono, specially commissioned from Chiso, the revered 465-year-old Kyoto-based kimono house, and on view in the exhibition The Kimono in Print: 300 years of Japanese Design from February 6 – May 2, 2021.

Flora in Winter is different this year!

With capacity restrictions due to COVID, we are able to accommodate only a limited number of people for Flora in Winter this year. Therefore, onsite Flora 2021 will be for WAM Members only, as a very special benefit. A limited number of tickets will be available to Members on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, a virtual Flora in Winter, called “Passport to Virtual Flora,” will include all related online programming and will be available free for Members; $40 for nonmembers.

Flora in Winter hours (WAM Members with onsite tickets only):

  • Thursday, February 25, 10am-8pm
  • Friday, February 26, 10am-8pm
  • Saturday, February 27, 10am-8pm
  • Sunday, February 28, 10am-6pm

(Members: Please use the Salisbury Street and Tuckerman Street entrances. Parking is available in the Salisbury Street, Lancaster Street, and Tuckerman Street lots.)

Due to uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this information is subject to change.

Please note that the Museum Café is currently closed and will be closed throughout Flora in Winter.

Passport to Virtual Flora

Passport to Virtual Flora

A virtual Flora in Winter programming package

“Passport to Virtual Flora” brings the beauty and excitement of Flora in Winter to you in the comfort of your own home! This virtual programming package can be enjoyed at any time and for unlimited times during the four days of Flora in Winter—and beyond. “Passport to Virtual Flora” will include the following pre-recorded programs:

  • Flora in Winter virtual tour of all 24 floral arrangements and Japanese table display in McDonough Court, narrated by one of our fabulous Flora co-chairs; plus, a bonus video tour of the professional floral arrangements in the Museum's public spaces, generously donated by local businesses, garden clubs, and schools.
  • Interpretation of the Worcester Wedding Kimono with Maureen Christmas and Andrea Little. Our popular Flora Live event has been pre-recorded onsite for your virtual enjoyment. Watch as two experienced floral designers face the challenge of interpreting WAM's newly acquired Worcester Wedding Kimono. Maureen and Andrea will each guide you as their designs evolve before your eyes, sharing their inspiration, plant material choices, and creative process. See how one piece of artwork can inspire two very different arrangements!
  • Flora Paintings Through the Ages, an illustrated talk by Martha Chiarchiaro. Flowers have been an inspiration to artists for centuries. Martha Chiarchiaro will explore with us the changes in artistic style from the Dutch floral artists of the 17th century (including several outstanding women artists) to the sunflowers of Vincent van Gogh and the irises of Georgia O'Keeffe. The paintings of contemporary floral artists will also be shown. This program will be held via Zoom on Friday, February 26 at 10am.
  • Spotlight on Interpretive Floral Designing by Sally Jablonski. Watch Sally Jablonski, owner of Herbert E. Berg Florist, as she uses flowers and other plant materials to create a spectacular interpretation of a piece from WAM's collection. Learn techniques for composing an arrangement using blossoms, leaves, and stems to highlight the elements of the artwork and see the creative process unfold.
  • Professional Floral Designs in Public Spaces. Admire the images of arrangements generously donated by local businesses, Garden Clubs, and schools which wonderfully compliment the theme of this year’s Flora in Winter.
  • Double Vision, an illustrated talk by Kim Cutler. Longtime Flora in Winter co-chair and floral designer Kim Cutler will look back through the 19-year history of Flora and compare floral designs interpreting the same art work. Emphasizing the creativity of the designers, Kim will explore the similarities and differences in their interpretative designs.
  • Winter's Chill, Spring's Glow: Ikebana Demonstration by Russell Bowers. Follow Ikebana Master Russell Bowers as he demonstrates several Japanese floral arrangement styles that emphasize nature's beauty and convey a sensitivity to the season. Observe techniques developed over hundreds of years, which incorporate aspects of Japanese culture and aesthetics. Discover how you can add elements of wabi-sabi, minimalism, and negative space into magnificent floral works of art.
  • Bonsai Demonstration by Michael Levin. Learn how to cultivate—through special techniques such as pruning, root reduction, potting, defoliation, and grafting—to produce small trees that mimic the shape and style of mature, full-size trees. Michael will take you on a guided tour of the Bonsai West nursery, sharing the history of this famous bonsai collection, which includes trees over 100 years old. Watch as an old overgrown juniper is transformed into a refined specimen bonsai. Topics will include pruning, styling, transplanting, wiring, and seasonal care, and maintenance.
  • Furoshiki Demonstration by Minal Akkad. An introduction to Furoshiki, an ancient Japanese art and modern alternative to gift-wrapping. Watch as Minal uses fabric to design beautifully wrapped boxes, bottles, and create trendy bags.
An interpreted arrangement by Minal Akkad from Flora 2020
An interpreted arrangement by Minal Akkad from Flora in Winter 2020
An interpreted arrangement from Flora 2020

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