Art-inspired flower power

"Hatsuboku" floral arrangement

This 2014 arrangement, "Hatsuboku" by Reiman Gardens staff, was inspired by artist Ulfert Wilke's "One, Two and More." Contributed photo.

The Brunnier Art Museum celebrates its seventh annual Brunnier in Bloom this weekend, March 27-29. The event -- a marriage of art and flowers -- kicks off with a Flowers After Hours reception on Friday (6-8 p.m.) to reveal this year's winners. Visitors can meet the floral artists and enjoy live music, cupcakes and a cash bar.

The weekend showcase of entries, which runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days in the Scheman Center's Brunnier Art Museum, includes daily youth crafts, a presentation on native Iowa plants (1 p.m. Saturday), a raffle and a silent auction. Visitors can cast their ballot for the People's Choice award. The event is free and open to the public.