Bloomin' Holidays 

Thank you for joining us for a weekend of reflection on ideas of home, sanctuary, and mental health through the ephemeral beauty of flowers. This year's event was aptly named Floral Sanctuary. We hope you found sanctuary at MOWA this weekend and enjoyed three full days of floral arrangements throughout the museum.

The 2020 People's Choice Winners
Friday, November 6
Karin Savage and Sarah Starrett
Saturday, November 7
Loreen Hablewitz and Meg Hopkins
La Terre | Mequon
Sunday, November 8
Laurie Wareham and Lynda Curl
Ikebana Society of Milwaukee

The 2020 Floral Designers

Alt's | Michael Alt
Amy’s Creations | Amy Wickert
Bank of Flowers | Krista Roskopf
Bee Wed at Enchanted Florist | Bebe Kay
Belle Fiori | Emily Neubauer
Caan Floral & Greenhouses | Wendy Walker
Consider the Lilies | Amanda Strassburg
Flower Mill | Lauren Morin
Ikebana Society | Laurie Wareham and Lynda Curl
Karin Savage and Sarah Starrett
Kristin’s Flowers | Kristin Seitz
La Terre | Loreen Hablewitz and Meg Hopkins
The Pink Peony | Nicole Wright
Rose and Twig Floral Design | Nancy Cody
The Seed Guild | Kari Witthuhn
Vagabond Fleurs | Paige McKenna

View the 2020 Floral Installations

Lights in Bloom

Catch the replay on our YouTube channel (click here)

Milwaukee artist Gabrielle Tesfaye transformed the museum into a large-scale outdoor art installation using animated video projection—capturing the floral notes of Bloomin' Holidays combined with inspiration from her multicultural heritage.

Tesfaye is an interdisciplinary artist whose art and globe-trotting lifestyle demonstrates her own multicultural experience as the daughter of an Ethiopian father and mixed-heritage Jamaican mother. She blends elements of the African diaspora, Afro-futurism, and ancient puppetry practices to spin tales about identity and belonging that have won her international acclaim in publications such as Vogue.

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Featured Designer | Michael Alt

Remains on view through the Holidays

Designer Michael Alt transformed MOWA's atrium with a spectacular floral installation entitled - A Tree We Call Home. Michael Alt is the owner of Alt's, a combination antique store, florist, and custom build shop in Walker's Point. Alt was awarded Best of Show at both 2017 and 2018 Bloomin' Holidays for his creative floral masterpieces.

Unique Hand-Crafted Gifts
Free and open to the public through the holidays

Start (or finish) your holiday shopping with hand-crafted, local goods that have been carefully curated with thoughtful gift giving in mind. The expanded MOWA Shop will offer a variety of gift giving items including unique hats, soaps, candles, ceramic dishware, and even delicious chocolates and maple syrup. Support local artisans with your MOWA Shop purchase this holiday season.

15 Minuted Video Demos
Watch them now on YouTube (click here)

Learn floral tips and trends from four of the industry's leading designers. Demonstrations are available to view online through our YouTube Channel

At Home with Ikebana
featuring Elaine Jo, Executive Master of the Ichiyo School of Ikebana and Author
Ikebana—the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging—has been used for centuries to bring harmony to living spaces. Elaine Jo will demonstrate how to arrange and position different flowers to create specific moods, effects, and feelings.

Enhancing Your Living Space
featuring Zannah Crowe, Horticulturalist, Johnson’s Gardens
As we enter into the winter season and spend more time inside our homes, it’s time to bring the beautiful natural exterior indoors. Educational horticulturist Zannah Crowe will share tips for the proper care and placement of house plants, so you can benefit from that extra boost in mood and oxygen!

DIY Grapevine Wreaths 
featuring Kevin Kawula, botanist
Join Rock County botanist Kevin Kawula as he identifies which wood and vine elements to use for floral arrangements, and demonstrates the construction of a natural, DIY grapevine wreath for your home.

Fall Forage 
featuring John Holzwart, Plant Based Services LLC
Learn about our native Wisconsin plant life with John Holzwart as he shares tips and information on local foraging, medicinal plant life, and seasonal flower collecting.

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