Press Release: 

Needham, MA — Beth Shalom Garden Club and the Needham High School Fine Arts Department proudly announce award winning Needham’s Art in Bloom 2019 will be held during the weekend of March 8th, 9th, and 10th at multiple locations in town. Beth Shalom Garden Club co-chair Sue Kaplan expressed, “It really appeals to everyone – art lovers, flower lovers, seniors, students, couples, families with young children…everyone!”  This free, multi-generational exhibit organized by Beth Shalom Garden Club will feature mixed media high school student artwork with floral interpretations designed by its members and participants from Kalmia and Needham garden clubs. On Saturday, there are live floral and art demonstrations. In 2018, to celebrate the 10th year anniversary a special exhibit highlighted floral interpretations of artwork by the Needham High School Fine Arts Department faculty. Allison Shapiro, Co-Chair of this event commented, “The faculty exhibit truly showed the talent of this dedicated group of teachers. It's their inspiration passed onto the students, which results in the high quality and diversity of artwork which makes Needham’s Art in Bloom so popular.”

Needham’s Art in Bloom was modeled after the annual springtime exhibit Art in Bloom presented by the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston. Beth Shalom Garden Club’s goal was to organize a community event that would engage people of all ages, interests, and life experiences. In December 2016, The Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education honored Needham’s Art in Bloom nationally, with an EXEMPLARY PROJECT AWARD. Projects selected for this national award need to demonstrate a creative and innovative approach that will make a difference within the classroom, school, and community. In addition, it must promote academic, social, and emotional growth of students while attending to their individual needs and talents. The Garden Club Federation of MA, Inc. gave the state's SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, in June 2010, to Beth Shalom Garden Club for it's successful creation and execution of Needham's Art in Bloom. The exhibit, now in it’s tenth year has become a well-received annual event. Last year,  3,300 people filled the Needham Public Library during the weekend long-exhibit to see the 70+ displays. Roche Bros. generously sponsors this early Springtime event.

Needham resident, Jean H. was truly captivated after viewing the art and flowers. She described the sentiments of many visitors in the guest book: “What a wonderful demonstration of the talent in Needham. The student’s work is impressive and thought provoking. The floral demonstrations are beautifully creative and inspiring. This is a lovely example of informal education combined with community spirit. Thank you!”

Spectators can get “a taste” of a few pieces of Needham’s Art in Bloom exhibit that will be on display in Town Hall on Friday, March 8th from 12 – 4pm, as well as The Center at the Heights, and the Needham High School lobby. The entire exhibit will be on display at the Needham Public library as follows: Saturday, March 9th from 9:00am to 5:00pm and on Sunday, March 10th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

Please visit our website at to see a more comprehensive description of Needham’s Art in Bloom and photographs from past years. Like us on Facebook. If further information is needed in regard to this press release please contact chair-women:

Sue Kaplan                                         Allison Shapiro                             
Phone: 781-444-6085                         Phone: 781-453-9880







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