NC Museum of Art in Bloom

Ms. Sherk and Dr. De Hertogh at NCMA

Blooming this week in the shadow of an abstract bronze sculpture at the North Carolina Museum of Art is an undulating five-pointed star of golden daffodils, twinkling with purple alliums.

The garden, designed by NC State University’s Julieta Trevino Sherk, came together Monday April 4 as students in her construction landscape design class worked alongside volunteers and professionals from Myatt Landscape Concepts. Together, they planted 2,000 daffodils, 400 alliums – or ornamental onions – along with sod and hostas in the bed that surrounds Henry Moore’s ‘Spindle Piece’ sculpture between the museum’s old and new buildings. 

The garden – as striking as Henri Matisse’s cut-outs in its shape, color and contrast – was part of Art in Bloom, the museum’s annual festival of art and flowers, held April 7 to 10.

The museum asked for NC State’s help with the festival two years ago, and that’s when Sherk, a landscape architect and Associate Professor of Horticultural Science, decided to take on what she considered a substantial challenge – creating something spectacular that would be in peak bloom precisely for the week of a festival.