History in Bloom

Experience a stunning intersection of history and art!

History in Bloom, an exhibit open from January 21st- 22nd, 2023, will celebrate history and nature by showcasing rarely seen artifacts from Tryon Palace’s collection paired with inspired, living floral arrangements. Time period, medium, style, and creator of the artifact will inform the design of the floral arrangements. Floral designers will interpret texture, color, line, theme, and historic background through their creations.

History in Bloom Preview Party

Be among the first to admire the floral arrangements at their freshest on Friday, January 20th at the Foundation’s black tie optional History in Bloom Preview Party. Celebrate this premier exhibit with a chance to meet the floral designers, sway along to live music, and enjoy small plate and wine pairings prepared by a few of New Bern’s celebrated restaurants. After viewing the arrangements, attendees will vote for their favorite and declare a “People’s Choice Award”.

Interested in designing an arrangement for History in Bloom?

Contact our Development Team at foundation@tryonpalace.org or 252-639-3516 with your qualifications and a few pictures of your past work!

FAQs for Floral Designers:

Where will the exhibit be located?
The exhibit will be displayed in the Duffy Gallery of the North Carolina History Center, 529 S. Front Street.
What is required of me if I am selected as a floral designer for History in Bloom?
Once selected, floral designers must sign a contract and gallery use agreement to confirm their participation. Designers will be paired with one (1) artifact or artifact grouping and provide one (1) floral arrangement interpreting that artifact to be displayed for the public January 20th- 22nd. Exhibit display labels will note the arrangement’s title, the floral designer’s name, designer’s training and credentials, materials used, and a personal note explaining the relationship of the arrangement to the artifact. Floral designers must submit information for the display label to the Development Team no later than December 15th. Floral designers are encouraged to attend the History in Bloom Preview Party and discuss their arrangement with attendees.
When can I come in to set up?
All floral arrangements will be installed on Thursday, January 19th. Floral Designers will sign up for a 2-hour time slot between 10 AM and 6 PM to drop off their arrangements in the Duffy Gallery or assemble their arrangements in Mattocks Hall, then transport them to the Duffy Gallery. Arrangements must be disassembled or otherwise removed from the North Carolina History Center on Monday, January 23rd.
How will the artifacts be paired with floral designers?
• On November 1st, floral designers will view photos of each artifact to be displayed.
• Floral designers will submit their top 3 artifacts listed in order of preference to the Development Team by November 15th.
• The impartial committee will review the preference cards and determine the assignments.
• Floral designers will be informed of the finalized assignments by email on November 18th.
When will I know my assignment?
Floral designers will be informed of their assigned piece via email on November 18th to allow time to plan the arrangement and source materials.
Will my arrangement be judged?
Attendees of the History in Bloom Preview Party will have the chance to cast a vote for their favorite arrangement and declare a “People’s Choice Award”. The arrangement with the most votes will be announced at the Preview Party, awarded a ribbon, and featured in social media posts and press releases.

Contact the Development Team at foundation@tryonpalace.org for guidelines on floral arrangements and working in the galleries.

Program Sponsors

The Tryon Palace Foundation supports the Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens by protecting, preserving, and developing the legacy of its historical past. We accomplish this through education of children and visitors from around the globe, by being good stewards of what has been entrusted to us and by ensuring its future for present and future generations.

We would not be able to accomplish this without our valued sponsors! If you are interested in learning how you or your business can support Tryon Palace’s historic homes, gardens, and educational programing through this exhibit, please contact us at 252-639-3519 or foundation@tryonpalace.org.