Political activist Emma Goldman once said she would “rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.” I am the first to appreciate a great ladies’ lady as well as simple pleasures. However, Ms. Goldman and I part ways on this one. I have actually begged Mr. Dottie to please not order flowers for Mother’s Day. Consistently, the prices go up and the quality goes down on this particular holiday. Okay, I may have just lost all my florist friends and subscribers. Stay with me here—I am simply being honest. Someone needs to stop the madness, for goodness’ sake. I think most women prefer a little bling that lasts forever to a rose that will die sooner rather than later…on this particular holiday. That said, fresh flowers are my greatest luxury. My home is always filled with an abundance of them and I even have my own rose garden—though I need serious assistance caring for it, because I have the blackest thumb in all the land. There is something about flowers that makes people smile. Hence, as we commemorate Mother’s Day and the opening of the Venice Biennale (we’ll circle back on that one in a couple of weeks, when we can really download), let’s also celebrate spring flowers. After all, not only are they finally blooming all around us, but also they are arguably the most popular inspiration for artists and designers. This week, we take a journey to the Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills, the Brooklyn Balloon Company, three current flower-evoked contemporary art exhibits, a flower fashion show, and a top Los Angeles florist to learn how to create art-evoked flowers.

Lily of the City: DIY Art Evoked Flower Arrangements

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Your Front Row Seat: Floral Fashion Blooms in an Original Show

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On View Now: Flower Evoked Contemporary Art

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Up, Up, and Away: Fashion and Art Balloons

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Better Than the Housewives: The Real Estate Gardens of Beverly Hills

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