Art in Bloom

March 17, 2009

Categories: Daffodil Types, Historics

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To all, I have a nice patch of a 1W-Y called Art in Bloom going and wanted to see if anyone out there new a bit of its history. It is a Jack Gerritson Dutch hybrid that made it into a few of the general bulb suppliers’ catalogs that trade here in the States just one or two times early on in this decade. Since then I have not seen it listed. I notice that the photo on Daffseek is taken by Carlos van der Veek, and wonder if he especially has anything to say about this very servicable trumpet. Do I recall it being named especially for an exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA? Nice flower, strong grower–if only the perianth were whiter, David Burdick Pittsfield, MA

3 responses to “Art in Bloom”

  1. Donna Dietsch says:
    Hi David and everyone,
    I don’t know about this daffodil, but I do know a bit about Art in Bloom.
    It started in New York at, I believe, the Museum of Modern Art where floral designers were invited to interpret a work of art with flower arrangements.  It has spread all over the country and I am one of the designers who has been invited to interpret an art object for  Art in Bloom at the Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio.  If there is an exhibit like this at your local museum, I would urge you to attend.  It turns the museum into a scented delight for a weekend in the spring.

    Donna Dietsch

  2. Edith Godfrey says:


    Our local Minnesota Daffodil Society sponsors (i.e., pays for materials) a designer to participate in Art In Bloom here at our Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  We then have our business cards on the pedestal holding the design and get credit in the printed materials the MIA puts out for the event.  Ours is a 5-day affair, which, unfortunately, this year overlaps our spring show.  We got the idea of sponsoring a designer, usually one of our members, from our local lily society.  We’ve been trying to copy the good things from other groups and trying to foster a collaborative stance with all the other plant societies.  We don’t require the designers to use daffodils in their designs, but several have and had interesting results.  Some of the artwork chosen by the designers, however, is not appropriate for all age groupings of internet viewers.  I wouldn’t want the internet police to shut me down if I posted pictures of it!

    Edie Godfrey

    Minnesota, just west of the Twin Cities

    We had high temps in the 60’s yesterday!  Most of the snow is gone from the yard, except where it was piled up or drifted deeply.  In my raised beds, I actually saw 3 green noses poking out!  A Ruksans ‘Sunny Ring’, a Turbitt Div 6 seedling (I brought this to Tacoma but it had just opened and hadn’t gotten its neck pose downfacing yet so it didn’t place well against more mature flowers) and something Mike Berrigan gave me that was labeled Stratosphere, but I’m not sure of it.

  3. Joanna Lloyd Tilghman says:

    The Walter Art Museum has also been doing this for the last 25 years in Baltimore, Maryland.  I have done it twice and our Garden Club continues to do it every year.  It is well worth traveling to see these Art in Blooms programs — they are usually fabulous.

    Joanna Tilghman