Christian Tortu at the MFA’s ‘Art in Bloom’ exhibit

by: jimmy n. guzmán, m.s.,

This past weekend the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston hosted its annual “Art in Bloom” exhibit, permitting garden clubs and professional designers from across New England to design arrangements inspired by the museum’s current body of work.

Katushika Hokusai, Chrysanthemums and Horsefly, from an untitled series known as Large Flowers, about 1833–34. Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper. William Sturgis Bigelow Collection.

The Marc Hall Design, LLC team was fortunate enough to have attended two of the events, both of which involved the famed French floral designer Christian Tortu, who rose in popularity during the 1990’s as the creative director of the Takishimaya store in New York City.

Christian Tortu

The first event, a masterclass with the designer himself, allowed students in attendance to observe Tortu as he prepared a “green bouquet” and then create one of their own. He walked around the room providing input and feedback, even assisting students with their design.

Here’s a photo of Tortu and I, alongside the piece I arranged:
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The second event was a floral demonstration and lecture by Tortu who showcased his love of nature and the “East meets West” aesthetic. He composed several arrangements, some monochromatic, other colorful, but all conveying his superb skills, and unfailing attention to detail, which has garnered him the reputation as being one of the world’s foremost floral artists.
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Thank you to the museum for hosting such a fabulous weekend of events. If you would like to learn more about Art in Bloom, or to check out the museum’s current, or upcoming, exhibits, please visit