Area Floral Designers Bring Their Artistic Talents to Art in Bloom May 8–11

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art_in_bloom.026The artistic talents of area floral designers will be in the spotlight during Art in Bloom May 8–11 at the Toledo Museum of Art.

A dozen professional florist and glass artist teams have collaborated on making one-of-a-kind vessels that are part of floral arrangements to be displayed throughout the Glass Pavilion. In the Main Museum, 23 garden clubs and individual non-professional designers are creating floral arrangements inspired by the Museum’s art collection.

TMA visitors can enjoy the free floral displays during regular Museum hours over the four days.

Professional florists participating in Art in Bloom include: Keith Brooks, Sylvania; Angel Elden of Angel & Co., Perrysburg; Lin Geiman of David Swesey Florist, Maumee; Dan Hafner of Hafner Florist, Holland; Cheryl Howald of Myrtle Flowers & Gifts, Toledo; Denise Lambes of Glendale Flowers, Toledo; Mary Beth Lorenzen of Schramm’s Flowers, Toledo; Ken Myrice of Emery’s Flowers & Co., Maumee; Karen Nagy of Joe I. Cooper Florist, Waterville; Lisa Nickel of Enchanted Flowers & Gifts, Millbury; Molly Pierce of Ken’s Flower Shops, Perrysburg; and Lauren Viviano of Bartz Viviano Flowers & Gifts, Toledo.

Organized by the Museum’s Ambassadors volunteer group, Art in Bloom takes the celebration of all things floral further. They also have planned a black-tie gala where arrangements created by the professional florists will be auctioned to the highest bidder, a talk by and floral wreath workshop with Southern Living editor-at-large James Farmer, and a Mother’s Day brunch. Proceeds from these activities will support TMA art education programs.

Art in Bloom events have been part of fundraising efforts for museums across the country for decades, but the Toledo Museum of Art’s role as the birthplace of the Studio Glass Movement provides a special perspective, according to Director Brian Kennedy.

“Glass is an essential part of our legacy, and it’s a medium we continue to explore in new ways,” Kennedy said. “Introducing the vessel as an equal part of the floral arrangement will be a unique visual opportunity.”

The festivities also bring a garden-inspired season to a close at the Museum, as they coincide with the last days to see The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden. The show, which closes May 11, examines the landscape architecture of the Parisian park and its role as a muse to artists with sculpture, paintings, photographs and architectural models.

Below is a list of garden clubs and non-professional designers who are creating floral arrangements inspired by works of art for the Ambassadors’ fundraiser. Names of Ohio residents are arranged alphabetically by hometown; names of Michigan residents are listed separately.



Findlay Garden Club – Doris Salls, Mary Schepe and Janeen Young


Jenelle Buschur

Stone Oak Garden Club – Sue Cardone, Barb Machin, Sue Miller and Arlene Whelan


Anthony Wayne Garden Club – Gerry Crouse, Maria Gardiner and Lorine Peters (also see Toledo listing)

Maumee Garden Club – Marcia McCreedy and Susan Utterback  (also see Perrysburg listing)

Ottawa Hills

June Effler

Ottawa Hills Garden Club –Judith Newell, Vanessa Prince, Elizabeth Shawaker and Val Wiley


Country Garden Club – Susan Smart Kienzle, Joan Layne, Myra McClure and Luella Smith

Cindy Holmes

Koneta Ann Hurlstone

Maumee Garden Club – Stephanie Mattoni (also see Maumee listing)

St. Timothy’s Flower Guild – Barbara Coon, Sara North, Gingi Rothman, Mary Tudor and Cynthia Taylor

Polly White


Vicki Gallagher


Sally Hobbib Rumman

Carol Mantey


Anthony Wayne Garden Club – Coletta Allen and Mona Macksey (also see Maumee listing)

Corey Woods Garden Club –Mary Alice Shirk and Betty Waterfield

Sylvia Miering

Kathy Smieszny

Dave Urbank


Diane Toffler


Harbor Springs

Annette Moriarty

South Lyon

Kathryn Given, volunteer, South Lyon Library Gardens

3 Responses to “Area Floral Designers Bring Their Artistic Talents to Art in Bloom May 8–11”

  1. How wonderful! Frankly, it’s about time that floral designers, who have a palate of beautiful flowers, be recognized.

  2. Hope DuCharme says:

    You have not mentioned the Ambassador/Docent tours that will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday…

    These tours are about inspiration and interpretation of Art in these floral displays. The Designers of these floral displays are Garden Club groups or ladies who have a passion for designing floral arrangements.

    Much work has gone into preparation for these tours, as they are about the viewer and their responses to the designs.

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