Art & Bloom
Our Garden Club’s 21 st Annual Art and Bloom event at Kimball Jenkins Estate January 25 - 27,
2024 was a beautiful success, thanks to our designers, volunteers, and sponsors. Visitors
enjoyed 25 creative floral interpretations of photographs and other art pieces currently on
display at Kimball Jenkins as part of their “Postman and Rockstar” exhibit. Members of the
Concord Garden Club and of the greater Concord community, as well as several local
professional designers all stepped up to the plate as designers for the show.
We congratulate the winners of our informal People’s Choice ballot. Lauren Savage of the
Concord Garden Club was the overall favorite for her arrangement complementing “Alice’s
White Rabbit” from the Kimball Jenkins collection. Community members Stephanie Krenn and
Terry Sturke won for their imaginative interpretation of a diptych of pregnant mother and of
her newborn by Michelle Phillips. Rick Talbot of Cobblestone Design won among professionals
for his design for “Roaring Integer” by WenDell Hoggard.
We would like to thank the Kimball Jenkins Estate, as well as our sponsors, Dennehy and
Bouley, LLC, Ruedig Realty, Cobblestone Design, Hermanos Cocina, Kim Benoit of the Masiello
Group, Susanne Smith-Meyer, Landscape Architect, The Works Café, Gibson’s Bookstore, and
Polaris Direct, for making this event possible.
Thanks to all,
Millie LaFontaine, Chair of Art and Bloom 2024.
Art & Bloom
Art & Bloom is the Concord Garden Club’s signature social event. Every year community members, CGC members, and local florists create floral arrangements to pair with art works by local artists. The paired arrangements and works of art are displayed for the public over a three day period in January and provide a welcome colorful break from our New England winters. Community members are encouraged to participate as designers, or to just attend and enjoy the show. Or both!
Why Design for
Art & Bloom?
Designing for Art & Bloom is rewarding on so many levels. Take a look at what designers say about the experience:
"For several years three friends and I decided to take a chance and do an arrangement for Art and Bloom. It took all of us to pick art, flowers, and ideas for our arrangements. We had never done anything like it before and ours were not the fanciest or most creative but we had lots of fun. I liked to think that someone could look at it without being intimidated and think “I could do something like that".
1) DECIDE TO DESIGN SOLO OR IN A TEAM
Welcome! We're so glad you've decided to design for Art & Bloom. The first step in the design process is to decide whether you will work solo or in a team. Both options are incredibly rewarding. We recommend teams of 2-4 max. Make sure you include all team member's names and contact information when you sign up to participate.
2) SIGN UP TO BE A DESIGNER
We welcome Concord Garden Club members, community members, and professional designers to design for Art & Bloom. To sign up to be a designer (or design team) please contact one of us:
3) CHOOSE AN ART INSPIRATION
The next step is to select a piece of fine art or craft from one of the Kimball Jenkins current exhibits. The Kimball Jenkins will offer three date/time opportunities for designers to come choose their piece. Take into consideration color, shape, scale, and tone. Make sure to take photos of your art inspiration! You can find the schedule of times to view the exhibit and choose your inspiration in the Designer Manual.
4) CHOOSE A VESSEL
Picking a flower vessel is an integral part of the design process because it can enhance or detract from how your piece relates to your selected artwork.
5) CHOOSE A COLOR PALETTE & YOUR BOTANICALS
In selecting your flowers be sure to communicate with the flower vendors to make sure they have or can order what you want. They may be able to offer suggestions on substitutions if needed. You can find a list of places to buy flowers in the Designer Manual.
6) COMMUNICATE WITH NICKI KILFARA
At this point in the process, designers send the following information to Nicki Kilfara at email@example.com:
Name of Artwork & Artist
Designer name(s) and contacts, and whether they are from CGC, Business, Organization or Community
The list of botanicals that you are using!
Please review the helpful Designer Manual.
7) CARE FOR YOUR BOTANICALS
It is important to care for your botanicals throughout the process including: processing your flowers, keeping them hydrated without over watering, monitoring the storage temperature, and transporting arrangements safetly.
8) PREPARE YOUR TOOLS & MATERIALS
Common tools that are used in flower arranging include:
10) STAY ON TRACK WITH THE EVENT SCHEDULE
Art & Bloom is held over three days in January at Kimball Jenkins in Concord, NH. On opening day, designers drop off their arrangement at Kimball Jenkins and preview other arrangements. On the last day, designers pick up their arrangement. The current event schedule is available in the Designer Manual & Schedule here.