Spring Coastal Flowers with Fence

Seaside Garden Club will introduce its 2019-2020 season with a lecture and demonstration from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s Art-in-Bloom Roadshow on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m.Lisa Gaquin will present the PowerPoint portion of the program and Denise Grenier will do the floral demonstration.


The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, was the first museum in the United States to introduce the public to a show of art and flowers — Art in Bloom — over 40 years ago. During a four-day period every spring, about 50 of the museum’s art objects are interpreted through floral arrangements.  Many other events happen during Art in Bloom, including lectures and master classes led by world-renowned floral designers, ongoing demonstrations of flower arranging, activities for children, and more.  Art in Bloom is free to members and is the busiest week of the year for the museum.  This presentation will give you some of its background, many examples of AIB designs, and a floral interpretation of one of the MFA’s art objects.

Lisa Gaquinjoined the MFA associates as a tour guide in 2014. For three years, she was a member of the Object Selection Committee for Art in Bloom. Lisa worked with museum curators, conservators and other staff to choose the 50 objects used in Art in Bloom — so she is very familiar with the object selection and can share her insights into the process.

Floral Designer Denise Grenier was bitten by the flower bug while living in London. Denise designed and planted extensive perennial gardens at her Lexington home that were featured on the Lexington Garden Club’s 2001 annual tour. She also created seasonal decorations for their Historic Homes and Arts and Crafts Society. After four years creating interpretive arrangements for Art in Bloom, Denise joined the MFA ’s Class of 2016 as a designer/arranger. Currently, she enjoys giving outdoor tours as well as supporting a wide variety of areas for the well-loved museum.  She also has a passion for neuro/biodiversity and continues her small coaching/therapy practice with this population.

The Art-in-Bloom Roadshow will take place at the Seaside Garden Club’s monthly meeting for September, the first of the year. The Seaside Garden Club is a group of fun, active, civic-minded and hands-on gardeners that meets on the second Tuesday of the month, September through June, at the Manchester Community Center (40 Harbor Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea). Social time begins with light refreshments at 7:00 pm, followed by the program at 7:30 pm. 

The Seaside Garden Club welcome all types of gardeners from beginners to experienced… there is always something to learn and share. By becoming a member of the club, you can enjoy the monthly programs, which feature more interesting guest speakers and creative workshops. Membership is $30 for the season or $5 per meeting. For more information contact dotsieradzki@gmail.com or call (978) 526-8040.