Art in the Elements

Presented by Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary and the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) - North Central Chapter.

Opening Reception
Friday, September 7, 2018 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
$50 per person (advance reservations required)
Includes early-access to the exhibition (and the only chance to experience it at sunset), hors d'ouevres, dessert, and a $25 tax-deductible donation. Cash bar (21 and up).

General Admission
Saturday, September 8, 2018 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, September 9, 2018 | 10:00am -4:00pm
$15 per person in advance
$20 per person onsite

Photography from Art in the Elements 2017. This year's exhibit designs will vary.

Art in the Elements is back with nearly twice as many exhibits as our inaugural year! Discover large floral creations on The Mountain at Cranbrook Gardens, attend educational workshops, view a selection of Laurie Tennent's Botanicals, and meet some of the AIFD artists. Register now for this one-of-a-kind, one-weekend-only exhibition!

Proceeds from this fundraising event will help support the preservation of Cranbrook House & Gardens and the scholarship fund of the American Institute of Floral Designers - North Central Chapter. 


Got Flowers. Now What?

Mary Linda Horn AIFD
Saturday, September 8, 2018 | 10:30am - 11:30am

Who hasn't done this? Everything is ready for that special dinner or visitor -  you even bought flowers! Wait a minute, what do I do with these flowers now? This demo will give you a few ideas on what to use to display those lovely blooms; and even some thoughts on using items you may already have on hand. 

Foolproof Flower Care

Laura Daluga AIFD
Saturday, September 8, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Laura will demonstrate some fundamental flower care and handling techniques and show you several easy ways to make your fresh bouquets last, whether bought or foraged. All questions are welcome in this lively Q&A meant to demystify flower care and dispel a few 'old florists tales.'

Everyday Bouquets Made Easy

Alice Waterous AIFD, CF, CFD, PFCI      
Saturday, September 8, 2018 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Make the most of your garden blooms by combining them with a few “florist” items. Alice will demonstrate ways to boost your confidence as you put together beautiful, simple styles to enjoy and share with others. Tips on preparing materials using best care and handling methods will be discussed during this demonstration.

Bohemian Look in Your Home

Liz Nidy AIFD
Saturday, September 8, 2018 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

What goes around comes around. Macramé for the modern home. Join Liz as she demonstrates several knot tying techniques to create a macramé plant hanger. She will also lead a discussion about how to incorporate fresh flowers and trendy plants into your surroundings with botanical interior design.

Artful Armatures

Cathy Brunk AIFD                                    
Sunday, September 9, 2018 | 10:30am - 11:30am

Armatures are the basis of all sculpture, including floral. Exploring the art of armature is exciting and limitless. Taking objects and binding them together to make a strong functional structure while creating something beautiful is very gratifying. Using natural materials, Cathy will demonstrate a few different techniques and show some finished, more complicated designs. 

Today's Trendy Boutonnieres

Debbie Strand AIFD                                  
Sunday, September 9, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Fun boutonnieres for special occasions and for every day. Debbie will demonstrate new boutonniere styles and trends, from timeless to artful, to avant garde. New mechanics for attaching boutonnieres will be discussed as well. Swap those boring rose boutonnieres for something bespoke, memorable and one-of-a-kind. 

Hands-On Workshop: Floral Jewelry

Lisa Belisle AIFD          
Sunday, September 9, 2018 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Join Lisa for some hands-on creativity. You will be able to make your own jewelry necklace and adorn it with fresh flowers. Lisa will show you ways to make composite flowers using cold floral glue and show you examples of intricate pieces she has made and some tips to expand your creative process. Each piece of jewelry will be uniquely yours.

Succulents are the Rage!

Alice Waterous AIFD                                   
Sunday, September 9, 2018 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Given their easy care, many varieties, shapes and colors, succulents have increased in popularity both in gardens and as textural interest in floral bouquets. Alice will put together several styles of succulent gardens, some with plants that are winter hardy, and some that can survive indoors. Learn how to make small succulent gardens and how to use these plants in bouquets.

Register online using the links below or by calling 248.645.3149. The exhibition will be held rain or shine. Reservations are nonrefundable. 

Reservations for the Opening Reception are required by Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 12:00pm. 
General admission presale ends on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 12:00pm. 

All pre-registered guests will be on our list at check-in. Tickets will not be mailed for this event.

About the Artists
This exhibition is designed by members of the American Institute of Floral Designers - North Central Chapter. AIFD and its worldwide accredited members are in the forefront of the industry in presenting educational design programs and in designing flowers for such renowned events as the Tournament of Roses Parade, Academy Awards and Presidential Inaugurations.

Click here to learn more about the artists.

Cranbrook House & Gardens is located at 380 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304. Parking is available onsite. Additional parking is available across the street at Christ Church Cranbrook. 

Cranbrook House & Gardens is a historic facility preserved and maintained as closely as possible to its original design. As such, there are certain natural and artificial surface conditions, such as grass, wood chip, stones, stairs, steep slopes and uneven terrain which can make walking and use of a wheelchair difficult. Assistance for persons using wheelchairs or walkers is recommended. 

Cranbrook House
Cranbrook House will be open during the Opening Reception. The manor will not be open during general admission. 

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