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Event: Art Alive At The San Diego Museum Of Art

An aerial shot of the rotunda from last year's Art Alive.

Credit: The San Diego Museum of Art

Above: An aerial shot of the rotunda from last year's Art Alive.

The rose gardens of Balboa Park are finally in bloom, though this weekend, their blossoms won’t be lingering in their beds – instead, they’ll be infiltrating the SDMA for its annual garden party, Art Alive.

The event, now in its 29th year, is a stylish take on the role of flowers in the art world, and challenges 100-plus florists to interpret classic canvasses via creative bouquets (think Madonna and Child, composed of peonies).

Doors open at 9 a.m. tomorrow for a day that includes a floral face-off between local arrangement artists, a trunk show, and a lily luncheon, but we’re most excited for the sun to go down so we can sip champagne amidst the daisies during Culture and Cocktails.

Check out the video below to see one of the event’s past arrangements made from scratch – we’re loving florist Adele Maroun’s affinity for each individual plant (she even gives them genders!).

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