Fine Arts and Flowers is a spectacular museum-wide exhibition of floral designs inspired by works in the VMFA collection.

Presented by The Council of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, with floral designs by The Garden Club of Virginia, Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, Ikebana of Richmond, and Garden Clubs of Virginia.

Special events for Fine Arts and Flowers 2021 will kick off with a dazzling Gala celebrating the reinstallation of the acclaimed Mellon Collections and the preview of more than eighty floral interpretations. Other special events include renowned guest speakers, luncheons, a fashion show-luncheon featuring designs by students from Virginia Commonwealth University, floral design workshops, exhibition tours, curator talks, and a variety of family activities.

Fine Arts & Flowers is presented by The Council of VMFA to provide critical resources that support ongoing research, development and installation of exceptional exhibitions.


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Free admission. Open to the public.
Oct 21–24 | Thu & Fri, 10 am–9 pm | Sat & Sun, 10 am–5 pm

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7−10 pm | The Horse, Of Course! Gala Preview, opening celebration and preview of Fine Arts & Flowers and the reinstallation of the acclaimed Mellon Collections

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10 am | Guest Speaker, Tulipina’s Kiana Underwood, floral and event designer, Old World Florals for Today

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Noon | Marble Hall Luncheon, with informal modeling from the VMFA Shop

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2 pm | Kiana Underwood, Color Me Floral, Book Signing

3:30−5:30 pm | Curator Tour with Wine & Cheese Reception, Inspired Collecting: The New Mellon Galleries, led by Dr. Sylvain Cordier, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art

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10 am | Guest Speaker, Passionflower Sue’s Susan McLeary, floral designer and wearable art creator, The Art of Fashionable Flowers

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Noon | Marble Hall Luncheon, with informal modeling from the VMFA Shop

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2 pm | Susan McLeary, The Art of Wearable Flowers, Book Signing

3:30−5:30 pm | Curator Tour with Wine & Cheese Reception, Inspired Collecting: The New Mellon Galleries, led by Dr. Sylvain Cordier, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art

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10 am & 2 pm | Floral Workshop with David Pippin, Art for Inspiration, a hands-on workshop with this popular Richmond floral designer

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Noon | Flowers in Fashion, Luncheon and Fashion Show, with original designs by students from the VCU Department of Fashion Design & Merchandising

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10 am−4 pm | Self-guided Family Scavenger Hunt, Free, no ticket required

11 am | Floral Workshop with Sarah Chiffriller, Make It Work #nofloralfoam, a hands-on workshop exploring the basics of floral design with what you find in nature.

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Noon | Edible Flowers Brunch, enjoy a three-course brunch created by VMFA’s award-winning chef Greg Haley. Each course features edible flowers paired with a special wine.

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1, 2 & 3 pm | Family Workshops—Design a Posie, Free, no ticket required

1−4 pm | Family Open Studio, Equestrian-themed activities including floral crown. Free, no ticket required. (Children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent while participating in family activities.)

1−4 pm | Musical Performances, Free, no ticket required
1 pm | Collegiate School
2 & 3 pm | To be scheduled

DAILY Guided Exhibition Highlight Tours, 50-minute morning and afternoon tours.
Floral inspired items for sale in the VMFA Shop

Individual sponsorship opportunities are available and include tickets to a selection of the listed events. For more information, please contact Steffi West at or (804) 340-1465.



Kiana UnderwoodFloral artist Kiana Underwood is the celebrated founder of Tulipina, an internationally renowned floral design studio specializing in customized floral experiences for luxury weddings and events
worldwide. Her unique color combinations and floral varieties draw admirers and floral designers from all over the globe to her sold-out workshops in exotic locations including Chile, China, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, and Singapore. She has been named one of the top wedding floral designers in the US by Harper’s Bazaar. Underwood is better known by many as @tulipinadesign, making her the most followed floral designer on Instagram, with over 370,000 followers. Publications such as Brides, Country Living, Elle Decor, Flower magazine, the New York Times, and Town & Country have featured her signature designs. Her debut book, Color Me Floral, is a work of love, covering the secrets to designing show-stopping monochromatic arrangements for each season.


Susan McLearySusan McLeary of Passionflower Sue is a floral designer, artist, and instructor who creates imaginative arrangements with exciting dimension and an artist’s awareness of color and texture. Her unexpected, boundary-pushing floral art also includes elaborate headpieces, signature floral jewelry and wearables. Flower magazine states that she “thinks out of the vase” and brings fashion accessories to life through fabulous florals. Her expressive, seasonally inspired creations have been described as exquisite living artwork. She studied with numerous internationally recognized instructors, collaborated with artists around the world, and is now passionate about teaching others how to evoke wonder and curiosity through the fine art of floral design. McLeary’s new book, The Art of Wearable Flowers, provides how-to instructions for a stunning collection of flower and plant-based designs. Find Susan on Instagram @passionflowersue.

Gala Preview

Guest Speakers

Edible Flowers Brunch

Fashion Luncheons


Family Events

Guided Tours

Special Event Tickets on Sale May 1 or 804.340.1405
For Group Sales, email

Fine Arts & Flowers 2021 Corporate Sponsors

Official supplier of flowers and plant material since 1987

Presenting Sponsors

Logo for Stauer

Platinum Sponsors

Logo for Gumenick Properties

Logo for Heritage Wealth Advisors

Gold Sponsors

McGuireWoods Logo

Richmond Marriott Downtown Logo
Richmond Nephrology Associates logo
Saks Fifth Ave Logo

Silver Sponsors

Anthology of Tuckahoe
Brunk Auctions
Costen Floors
Equity Concepts
Greystar Real Estate Partners
HCA Virginia
Margaret Wade/Long & Foster Real Estate
Patient First
Stoever & Palmore Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
Worth Higgins & Associates

Bronze Sponsors

BetterMed Urgent Care
Nadia P. Blanchet, M.D., Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Crossroads Art Center
CSC Leasing
The London Company
MannKidwell Interior Window Treatments
M. Turner Landscapes
The Tuckahoe Woman’s Club
Virginia Eye Institute

Media Partner

Select Fine Arts & Flowers events feature wines from Barboursville Vineyards.