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Art in Bloom

Celebrating the Art of Gardening

Whether gardener or art lover, one of the hottest tickets in town this spring will be Art in Bloom 2011, a week-long celebration of fine art and all things botanical, March 28 to April 2.

Heralding the start of spring on Vancouver Island and supporting exhibitions and programming at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Art in Bloom highlights the talents of local and international artists, writers, floral designers and garden experts. A red carpet gala in the new Atrium Building caps off the event.

In all, this year’s lecture series boasts a stellar line-up of 17 local and international horticultural experts, speaking on themes from food to flowers to best practices in gardening and design. Acclaimed gardening expert, author and floral designer Thomas Hobbs will be a highlight for many gardeners as he discusses Creating or Curating: Knowing when it’s time to make a change.

Author and photographer Michael Ableman will explore food security and sustainability while Dominique Browning, author, columnist and former editor of House and Garden magazine, will discuss her new book, Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pyjamas and Found Happiness, about reinvention and seizing new opportunity in gardening and in life. Dan Hinkley, a widely published plants-man, garden writer and horticulturist, will explore the Forgotten Elements of Good Design: Texture, Movement and Fragrance.

For a full line-up of Art in Bloom events and lectures, visit www.aggv.bc.ca

— Jennifer Blyth

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