Frida’s Flowers: Horticulture and Crowns


Sunday, May 1, 2022

1–4pm Where

Galleries, Courtyard, Greene Education Center



Admission Purchase general admission

A profusion of carefully curated flowers grew in the walled garden of La Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s home in Mexico City. Frida wore some of their flowers to accent her flamboyant Tehuana hairdos and dresses. Flower crowns are symbolic in Mexican culture, portraying the beauty of the country’s biodiversity and honoring its ancient indigenous culture.

Celebrate the color and culture of Frida’s flowers with a special gallery tour at 1pm, led by Timothy Tilghman, horticulturist and Head Gardener of Untermyer Gardens Conservancy, and Laura Vookles, HRM Chair, Curatorial Department. Together, they discuss the science and symbolism of the flowers and foliage in the works on view, including the lush tropical vegetation in Diego Rivera’s La ofrenda, photographs on view in Frida Kahlo in Context, and works in The World of Frida that pay homage to the Kahlo’s floral iconography.

Following the tour, join a hands-on workshop from 2–4pm, presented in English and Spanish, and create your own iconic flower crown from fresh flowers.

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Image: Karen Provost. My Frida, 2017. Mixed media collage on wood panel. Courtesy of the artist.


Support provided by Art Bridges.