1. Ringling in Bloom honors the legacy of Mable Ringling, who had a passion for gardening and considered the gardens a vital part of her private estate.
2. New Year, New Focus. This year’s Ringling in Bloom moves away from elaborate floral arrangements to focus on more practical designs from local floral experts.
3. Vote for the people’s choice award! For the second year in a row, you may vote to show support for your favorite design.
4. Plant life and centuries-old painting rarely mix. Ringling in Bloom offers the unique opportunity to see what it would look like to pair the perfect floral arrangement next to priceless works of art.
5. How often do you get to speak with artists about their works in the galleries of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art? Meet with floral designers at a preview party during Art After 5 from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 27.
6. The Flower Arranging Workshop “Beauty in Your Own Backyard” will take a close look at the flora growing in The Ringling’s Bayfront Gardens and in your Florida backyard. Learn the art of leafing bending from Sara Bagley, a national floral design judge of the Garden Club of America.
7. Want to grow roses like Mable Ringling? It is much easier now than when Mable started her rose garden in 1913. Learn how to grow roses in a subtropical climate with modern techniques during the “Bayfront Gardens Walk and Talk: Growing Roses in Florida.”
8. Now that you know how to grow plants in Florida take the next step and start making your own arrangements. The flower arranging workshop “Florida Friendly” will teach the basics of floral design using sub-tropical flowers. Last year’s People Choice Award winner Becca McFadden will lead this session.
9. Have you taken the new tour of The Ringling’s Bayfront Grounds and Gardens yet? Ringling in Bloom offers an additional chance with both morning and afternoon tours on March 1 and 2.
10. Ringling in Bloom offers the chance to focus on the plant life on the grounds of The Ringling. Skip the tram and take some time to look at the trees, flowers and other plant life on The Ringling’s amazing campus.
Get your tickets here: http://www.ringling.org/events/series/ringling-in-bloom