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Expert floral Designer Ron Morgan to speak at Detroit Institute of Arts - Lecture, demonstration, luncheon and book signing part of annual Elizabeth Sites Kuhlman Lecture

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

(Detroit)—Ron Morgan, one of the most sought-after and well-recognized floral designers and garden club speakers in the United States, will demonstrate his wit and unparalleled talent at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) on Wednesday, May 2, at 10:30 a.m. Morgan is the featured guest speaker at the 13th Annual Elizabeth Sites Kuhlman Lecture presented by the DIA’s Friends of Art and Flowers, a museum support group. During the lecture and demonstration, Morgan will showcase his unique and spontaneous floral designs, which incorporate a variety of flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

The lecture begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon and book signing. Tickets are $25 for the lecture only, and $50 with lunch included. To purchase tickets, call 313-833-4005 or go to Tickets are limited, and the museum recommends purchasing them in advance. Valet parking ($10) will be available at the Farnsworth (south) entrance.

Morgan began his career in floral design at age 10, when he won his first flower show competition in San Joaquin County, California. Over the course of his extensive career, Morgan has designed window displays for Harrods in London and upscale department store David Jones in Australia. He has also opened retail floral and antique shops, consulted as an interior designer and conducted flower-arranging classes. Morgan is a highly respected speaker at garden club events around the world and has written four books, including In the Company of Flowers (2006) and A Glass Act (2007), which he will be signing after the lecture. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for ages 6–17, and free for DIA members. For membership information call 313-833-7971.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit.

Contact:   Larisa Zade    313-833-7962