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Art in Bloom fundraiser returns to Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

It’s almost time for Washington County Museum of Fine Arts’ best-smelling fundraiser of the year: Art in Bloom.

Hosted by Hagerstown Garden Club, 10 garden clubs and 16 individuals will participate in Art in Bloom March 24-26. This year marks the 19th year of the spring-themed celebration of art and flowers.

Art in Bloom pairs designers with artwork in the museum. Designers then must interpret the art by using fresh flowers and greenery.

Art in Bloom kicks off Friday, March 25, 5 to 7 p.m. with a Preview Party during which the floral displays are at their freshest and guests have the opportunity to meet the designers. There is a cost for the evening event.

Art in Bloom will continue through Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26. There are extended hours on both days for the event. Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 26, noon to 5 p.m. There is no admission charge for Saturday and Sunday, but donations to support the museum are accepted.

Ashley Conlon aka “The Fern Farmer,” will lead a free floral demonstration Saturday at 1 p.m. using sustainable materials. Conlon, a local farmer/grower, also is an award-winning floral designer with Frederick County Master Gardeners. She has styled plants and flowers at top equestrian events, including 2021-22 at the Maryland 5 Star as the official floral designer and plant provider, the Upperville Colt & Horse Show, the Capital Challenge, and the Washington International Horse Show. She also has had her designs featured at the Maryland Home & Garden Show. She is a member of The National Garden Clubs and at St. James’ Episcopal Church on the Flower Guild.

Garden Clubs scheduled to participate are Biglerville (Pa.) Garden Club; Clear Spring Garden Club; Crossroads Garden Club, Designer’ s Club, Hagerstown Garden Club, Town and Country Garden Club, all of Hagerstown; Foxglove Garden Club in Berkeley Springs; Green Walled Garden Club in Frederick; Mt. Airy Garden Club; and Potomac Garden Club of Williamsport.

Individuals participating are The Blooming Idiots (Timothy Black, Scott Bowen, Darryl Cooper, Al Martin, and Nick Mohar-Schurz); Naomi Byler of Greencastle, Pa., Ashley Conlon and Penny Conlon, both of Mt. Airy; Georgieann Dettinbum of Biglerville, Pa., Pam Gouker and Teresa Roberts, both of Hagerstown, Penny Hardinge and Carol Ingram, both of Hagerstown, Aileen Lisko of Frederick, Amy Marsh of Frederick and Kelly White Flowers of Brunswick.

Art in Bloom is supported by Bunny Waltersdorf

David & Louisa McCain; Younger Toyota; James & Mary Schurz Foundation; Hagerstown Garden Club; Dr. Robert & Majorie Hobbs, Brandon & Haven Younger, Tina & Lawrence Angle, Antietam Tree Service, Alfred & Laura Bendell, Kennedy & Debby Boone, Billie Sue Boyer, Crossroads Garden Club, Eva & Craig Edmonds, Rosanna & David Gonzalas, Michael & Pamela Gouker, Constance Lenhart, Ken & Majorie Long, McCollum Hearing Center, Jane McKee Rozes, Joyce & David Siwarski, Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Tarpley, Tracie Felker & Oliver Tessier, Sarah Hall & Jamie Gruzska, Chuck & Diana Hoffman, Mt. Airy Garden Club, James C. Manuel, Merry & Ray Morgan, Karen Spessard, Taskers Chance Garden Club, Town & Country Garden Club, Elizabeth Hardinge, and Dr. Maureen Sasse & Claude H.Sasse.

More information about Art in Bloom can be found at

About the Museum

Located in City Park in Hagerstown, Md., the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts was founded in 1931, the legacy of Hagerstown native Anna Brugh Singer and her husband, Pittsburgh-born artist William Henry Singer, Jr. Featuring a collection of more than 6,500 objects, the museum has important holdings of American painting,

Old Masters, decorative arts and sculptures. The museum schedules a program of exhibitions, lectures, concerts, tours, and talks featuring national and international artists, as well as a yearly showcase of the art of students of Washington County Public Schools. Its free youth art education programs have served four generations of local families.

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is at 401 Museum Drive, Hagerstown, Md. Free parking is available adjacent to the museum. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sunday, 1-5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays, and major holidays.