Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Smell the Flowers in Winter! Feb. 5 - 8

FYI: Might be fun for a date or night out with the girls!
Here's a press release from Tower Hill Botanical Gardens and the Worcester Art Musuem.

Thursday, February 5th through Sunday, February 8th
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
The Worcester Art Museum

BOYLSTON and WORCESTER, Mass.-In the clutch of winter, two Central Massachusetts cultural institutions collaborate on an exhibition of fresh floral arrangements and artistic masterworks that conjure the sights and scents of a warmer climate.

Flora in Winter, on view Thursday through Sunday, February 5-8,features fresh floral arrangements interpreting works of art at the Worcester Art Museum (55 Salisbury St, Worcester) and "Romantic Celebrations of the World" at Tower Hill Botanic Garden (11 French Drive, Boylston). Garden club members and floral designers from throughout Central New England have volunteered to create the arrangements. Visitors can admire gorgeous arrangements in the Worcester Art Museum's galleries and in the Education & Visitors Center at Tower Hill, as well as floral displays sponsored by area florists to adorn public spaces. Guided tours at each location will be offered several times daily. Special events celebrating Flora in Winter will be held at each institution throughout the period.

At Tower Hill Botanic Garden, celebrate "Romantic Celebrations of the World" as the inspiration for arrangements displayed in Tower Hill's Main Entry, Alice Milton Gallery and Fern Gallery, adjacent to the lush subtropical blooms and greenery in the Orangerie. Enjoy stunning floral interpretations of international destinations and events renowned for their romantic connections. Flora in Winter will be a celebration of life through art, music, and the creative expression of love through the artistry of flowers. Romance may be interpreted as an intense feeling for a person, place, or time, in literature or music, from anywhere around the world. Talented floral designers will reach the heights of artistic expression in this one-of-a-kind show.

Tower Hill enhances the mood and atmosphere of Flora in Winter with a Candlelight Concert featuring the heart-warming music of Stephen Sondheim at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 6, with performers from the Boston Conservatory of Music. Tickets are $30 nonmembers and $25 for members of either Tower Hill or the Worcester Art Museum. Twigs Café will provide complimentary hors d'oeuvre. Call Tower Hill at 508.869.6111 ext. 135 for reservations.

Opening Hours for Flora in Winter:
Tower Hill Botanic Garden:
10am-5pm daily, reopening at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening for the Sondheim Concert

Worcester Art Museum:
Thursday, February 5: 11am-5pm, The Museum reopens from 5:30-8pm for Flora Euphoria
Friday, February 6: 11am-8pm
Saturday, February 7: 10am-8pm*
Sunday, February 8: 11am-5pm
*There will be no free admission at the Worcester Art Museum Saturday morning, February 7, except for Worcester Art Museum Members. Free Saturday mornings from 10am-noon will resume following Flora in Winter.

Regular admission fees apply at each institution. Admission is free to members of that institution. For others, Worcester Art Museum admission is $10 adults, $8 senior citizens and full-time students with ID, and free for youth 17 and under. Tower Hill admission is $10 adults, $7 seniors ages 65 and older, $5 for youth ages 6-18. Admission is free for children under 6.

Public tours will also be held at Tower Hill at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and on Saturday & Sunday, at 1 and 3 p.m. each day. Tours are included with the price of admission.

For private tours for groups of 10 or more, please call for more information: Worcester Art Museum 508.799.4406 ext. 3130; Tower Hill Botanic Garden 508.869.6111 ext. 125.

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