April Flowers at the de Young

Since 1984, each spring in San Francisco, some 125 floral designers have created arrangements inspired by the art at the Fine Arts Museums. This year the weeklong floral festival known as Bouquets to Art opened at the de Young Museum with a preview gala on April 4th. The event featured art-inspired bouquets, floral fashions designed and modeled by floristry students from City College of San Francisco, cocktails, entertainment and a sumptuous dinner buffet for 1,200 guests. Throughout the week, a record-breaking 67,644 visitors checked out the displays, met the designers and attended related programs and luncheon events.

Scenes from the Opening Night Gala for Bouquets to Art, 2016:

Photos by Drew Altizer Photography

Bouquets to Art is produced by the volunteer members of the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums.
Bouquets to Art 2016 Co-chairs: Allison Huegel and Suzanne Vuko
Committee Chairs: Sandra Bergen, Catherine Bergstrom, Elizabeth Brown, Barbara Cahn, Margie Denning, Kaki Desautels, Claudia Feurey, Wanda Guttas, Barbara Johnson, Lisa Harris, Kaye Hiatt, Kathy Kimball, Nancy Kovar, Patty McCrary, Karen Mohr, Kiki Pescatello, Nancee Rubinstein, Marjorie Shank, Cathy Stanghellini, Kate Sullivan, Rose Welch, Lorna Williams, Toni Wittenmeier

— Related: Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of past Bouquets to Art opening events