The Magnolia Garden Club will host its bi-annual flower and horticulture show with the theme of  “Academia” at Lamar University’s Dishman Art Museum April 15-16. The show is open to the public from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16. Admission is free.

Megan Young, assistant professor of art history and director of the Dishman will present a lectured titled, “Blooming Traditions: The History of Flowers in Art” at 2:30 p.m. on April 15 in the museum’s lecture hall.

“Our first choice for this year’s venue was the Dishman Art Museum, so we are very pleased to be working with Lamar University to stage this show,” said Melanie Dishman, the show’s chair.

The theme of “Academia” is a reflection of the show’s venue, and will be carried out in floral design, photography and botanical embellishment competitions.

“We’ve had a lot of fun with the theme of ‘Academia,’” said Dishman. “For example, one of the floral design challenges requires the participants to use selected works from 20th century composers such as Aaron Copland, George Gershwin and Igor Stravinsky as inspiration for their designs.”

In addition to the “Academia” entries, a vast display of horticulture specimens, both cut and container-grown, will be featured in over 50 categories including roses, succulents, orchids and other flora indigenous to this area. The show will also have an instructional conservation exhibit on the topic of healthy soil and composting.

The Magnolia Garden Club is a member of The Garden Club of America.

The Dishman Art Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is located at 1030 E. Lavaca, in Beaumont. Free museum-dedicated parking is available in front of the Dishman during museum hours. For more information, visit, call (409) 880-8959 or email