Presented by The Council of VMFA, the 12th Fine Arts & Flowers features floral interpretations of masterpieces from the permanent collection, presented by members of The Garden Club of Virginia, the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, and Garden Clubs of Virginia. This four-day fundraising exhibition combines fine art with floral mastery for a dazzling exhibition of beauty and creativity.

Maps of the floral exhibit placements will be available at Visitor Services.

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Fabergé in Bloom

Wed, Oct 19, 710 pm | Marble Hall
Fabergé in Bloom Gala Preview and Opening Night of the new Fabergé and Russian Decorative Arts Galleries 

Join Honorary Chair Edie Hofstead Cabaniss to celebrate Fine Arts & Flowers 2016 and the return of VMFA’s acclaimed Fabergé collection.  Experience the grandeur and opulence of the Romanov era in Marble Hall, imperially transformed for the occasion, and enjoy royally inspired food and drink to the music of pianist Bruin Richardson. Guests will be the first to see more than 80 inspired floral designs throughout the museum, and visit the new Faberge and Russian Decorative Arts Galleries. Cocktail attire.

$150 per person

Guest Speaker Shane Connolly

Thu, Oct 20, 10 am | Leslie Cheek Theater

Born and raised in Northern Ireland, and trained by London’s leading designers, Shane Connolly has for 25 years designed one-off, bespoke events with a small team of florists, artists, and craftsmen, and has been awarded a Royal Warrant of Appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales. Connolly is both artisan florist and masterful “full-set” event designer in England and beyond. With deep respect for British custom, tradition, and the environment, and a love of flora, he creates memorable moments for a discrete clientele.

$35 per person
Group discounts available, call Group Sales at 804.340.1575

Marble Hall Luncheon

Thu, Oct 20 & Fri, Oct 21, noon |
Marble Hall

The three-course, seated luncheon will take place in the Marble Hall sumptuously decorated in imperial style for Fine Arts & Flowers. A select menu includes wine, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available. informal modeling of jewelry and accessories from the VMFA Shop.  Please note, tables will seat 6 guests each. 

$40 per person

Edible Flowers

Thu, Oct 20, 3 pm | 
Claiborne Robinson Room

Chef de Cuisine Greg Hailey, of VMFA’s Amuse restaurant, presents a visual and culinary extravaganza of floral delicacies in the Claiborne Robertson Room overlooking the sculpture garden. Taste blossoms, herbs, floral wines and teas as Haley reveals the secrets of incorporating floral ingredients into menus at home. Preparation of his sweet and savory menu will be discussed, and each participant will receive Edible Flower recipes.

$40 per person

Guest Speaker Ariella Chezar

Fri, Oct 21, 10 am | Leslie Cheek Theater

With an inherent passion for beauty, drama, and the natural world, Ariella Chezar is renowned for her own farmer forager approach to floral design. Inspired by abundant flora in the San Francisco Bay Area, where a wild vine, fruit on a branch, or a fresh sprig outside the door often added the finishing touch to her sought-after floral and event creations, Ariella and her husband founded Zonneveld Farm in Columbia County, New York, where they harvest sustainably grown flowers for use in her spectacular designs.

$35 per person
Group discounts available, call Group Sales at 804.340.1575

Interpretive Flower Arranging

Sat, Oct 22, 10 am & 2 pm | Art Education Center

Sought-after Virginia horticulturist and teacher David Pippin will help you create your own floral inspiration to take home. Pippin is a classroom and workshop instructor, garden consultant, faculty member at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and event florist across Virginia, as well as floral designer at the Executive Mansion of Virginia. He inspires the horticulturist in everyone he encounters and returns to Fine Arts & Flowers 2016 to lead his popular hands-on flower-arranging workshops.

$40 per person

Flowers in Fashion Luncheon

Sat, Oct 22, noon | Marble Hall

This popular juried fashion show returns with 15 models, a behind-the-scenes team of more than forty, and an exciting runway presentation of original styles designed by students from VCU Department of Fashion Design & Merchandising. A three-course, seated luncheon is served in the Marble Hall, sumptuously decorated in imperial style for Fine Arts & Flowers, with a select menu including wine; vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Harpist Rickie Denton, Director of the Harp Program at Richmond Public Schools, returns to perform for what has become a delightful Fine Arts & Flowers tradition.

$45 per person

Bubbles & Blossoms Brunch

Sun, Oct 23, noon | Claiborne Robertson Room

Enjoy a festive champagne brunch and menu français in the charming Claiborne Robertson Room overlooking the VMFA’s spectacular Sculpture Garden and Pauley Center.

$40 per person

Petals to Paper Parent-Child Class

Sun, Oct 23, 1 pm | Art Education Center

In this environmentally friendly class, Richmond botanical artist and illustrator Celeste Johnston will teach parents and children to recycle wilted stems and flowers into handmade paper. The class is limited to 12 children, ages 5–12, and 12 parents; one child per parent.

$20 per person

Docent-Guided Tours of Exhibition Highlights

Thu, Oct 20–Sun, Oct 23

 VMFA docents will lead 50-minute tours through the galleries, providing insight to both the works of art and floral interpretations at approximately fifteen selected stops per tour. Tours meet in the Atrium. 

$15 per person


 Presented by The Council of VMFA

Floral designs by members of the Garden Club of Virginia, Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, and Garden Clubs of Virginia.

Official Supplier of Flowers
and Plant Material

Strange's - Florist, Greenhouses, Garden Centers. Every Bloomin' Time!

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Platinum Sponsor

Miller Financial Services | Northwestern Mutual

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Gold Sponsors

Burford Leimenstol Foundation of Betty Sams Christian

Investment Management of VirginiaRichmond Nephrology Associates

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Silver Sponsors

Barnes & Diehl, P.C.
Charles Schwarzschild Jeweler, Inc.
James River Air Conditioning Company
Lewis T. Stoneburner, Attorney
Mark Franko Custom Building
Middleburg Bank & Middleburg Trust Company
Riverfront Investment Group, LLC
Stoever & Palmore Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
Westminster Canterbury Richmond

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Bronze Sponsors

ADC Direct
Azzurro Ristorante
Caspari, Inc.
Chippenham Pediatrics
Costen Floors
EDC Commercial Construction
First Capital Bank
Fraiche on the Avenues
Gastrointestinal Specialists, Inc.
Handcraft Cleaners
Janet Brown Interiors
K2 Trophies & Awards, LLC MED, Inc.
Alex & Joy Paoletto
Porter Realty Company, Inc.
The Davey Tree Expert Company
The Hermitage at Cedarfield
Virginia Society of Landscape Designers
Westwood Pharmacy