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Floral designs inspired by art on display at Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg

Once a year, the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg welcomes a group of artists who work in a unique medium. Their creations are on display for only a few days, as the works soon become more suitable for a compost heap than an art museum. • Art in Bloom, a project of the Stuart Society and the MFA, features floral designs inspired by the works in the museum and by the museum itself. About 50 designs will be on display today through Wednesday. Several special events, including a luncheon Wednesday with floral designer Ron Morgan as guest speaker, are sprinkled throughout the exhibition.

Times staff writer

Special events

Today: Floral designs will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Fiesta de la Noche preview party is at 6:30 p.m. with dinner buffet, wine and cocktails. $85 individual tickets ($70 for those under 40), $300 patron couple tickets. (727) 823-0713.

Sunday: Floral designers will be in the galleries to answer questions and talk about their works from 2 to 4 p.m. Docent-led tours are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Any guest can join the tours, though group tours require reservations; call (727) 896-2667, ext. 210.

Monday: In a change from its usual schedule, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the MFA Café will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Call (727) 822-1032 for reservations.) Docent tours are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Wednesday: The designs will be on view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with docent tours at 10 a.m. The Fiesta de las Flores luncheon will be at 11 a.m. at the nearby St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave., featuring floral designer Ron Morgan. Morgan has written four books about design: A Glass Act, A Celebration of Clematis, In the Company of Flowers and The Center of Attention. Seating will be in tables of 10. $60 individual, $120 patron, $250 benefactor. (727) 866-1251.

. FAST FACTS

Art in Bloom 2010

When: Today through Wednesday

Where: Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg

Hours: The floral designs will be on display during museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets: Art in Bloom is included with museum admission: $16 adults, $14 for 65 and older, $10 for students 7 and older with current identification. Children under 7 and museum members are admitted free. Discounts are available for groups, but please note that reciprocal museum memberships cannot be honored for Art in Bloom 2010.

Floral designs inspired by art on display at Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg 03/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 12, 2010 3:30am]

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