Books-In-Bloom---LibraryI have written about Art In Bloom, an event that started at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts in the mid ’70s. The concept is to create floral arrangements to interpret museum art, and place them next to each other.

The overall effect of art and flowers together create a mixed media piece of visual art. The linkage of color, symbolism and style attracts attention and stimulates discussion. Art in Bloom events have spread to museums throughout the continent.

If flowers can be linked with works of art in museums, then why not couple flowers with books? This cool idea is showing up in libraries throughout the country.

Recently the Public Library of Brookline in Brookline, Massachusetts hosted a “Books In Bloom” event with the Brookline and Chestnut Hill Garden Clubs. The results were wonderful.

Like Art in Bloom, Books in Bloom places floral designs next to the books they complement.

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" interpreted in flowers

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” interpreted in flowers

It’s fun to see the creative expressions of the books in flowers.

"The Great Gatsby" interpreted in flowers

“The Great Gatsby” interpreted in flowers

The floral arrangements can evoke the feeling of a period or a mood.

“Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II” interpreted in flowers

“Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II” interpreted in flowers

Best of all, the flowers are gorgeous.

"Little Women" interpreted in flowers

“Little Women” interpreted in flowers

In addition to admiring the floral designs, one of the things that impressed me at the event was the enthusiasm of the patrons. I loved listening to their comments.  Like the museum patrons, the folks at the library love the idea of mixing flowers and books. The floral art added a new dimension to the experience of being in the library.

Bibliophiles loved seeing some of their favorite works interpreted. I even added some titles to my reading list that I want to read or re-read in the near future.

What book would you like to see interpreted through flowers?

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