About 60 floral designers will turn the galleries of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art into mini gardens during the fourth annual Art in Full Bloom show Saturday and Sunday. The designers' creations will be interpretations of artwork at the museum.
In conjunction with the exhibits, there will be showings of the PBS video series "Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn," slide show lectures and design demonstrations.
At 1 p.m. Saturday, Glorianna Pionati will discuss her experiences on digs of Roman and Etruscan tombs and tunnels; at 3 p.m., John J. Daly will share tips on how to turn flowers, fruit, vegetables and art objects into centerpieces.
At 1 p.m. Sunday, Scripps College Professor Eric Haskell will speak on "Paradise Regained: Private French Gardens in Our Time"; Heartie Anne Looks will discuss the Japanese art of Ikebana at 3 p.m.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Admission is $5 (general), $1 (children under age 12). Admission to each lecture is $10, which includes museum admission. For more information, call 963-4364, star-700. The museum is at 1130 State St.
For those who would like to beat the crowds to the museum, there will be a Gala Preview Party at 6 p.m. Friday, with a buffet provided by the Wine Cask and musical entertainment. Tickets are $75.
Speaking of flowers, you can stroll through the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden tonight and any Thursday night through July 8. During evening wildflower walks, garden staff will identify edible and medicinal plants. General admission is $10 per walk or $42 for the series of five. Registration is suggested. Call 682-4726, Ext. 102. The garden is at 1212 Mission Canyon Road.
Tonight, the UC Santa Barbara Wind Ensemble will perform music written by three finalists in the group's composition competition at the Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on campus. Concert time is 8 p.m. Admission is free.
This year's Summer Solstice Celebration, a Santa Barbara tradition highlighted by an always wild and wacky parade up State Street, is scheduled for June 24 and 25.
The theme of the parade to be held June 24 is "Toys, Contraptions and Thingamajigs." If you'd like to be involved by making costumes and masks, performing or helping out--drop by the Solstice workshop at the corner of Gutierrez and Santa Barbara streets.
Workshops will be held Wednesday through Friday, 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. Cost to participate in the various workshops and the parade is $14 (adults), $5 (children under 12) and $6 (for the adult workshop on June 18). Cost to join the parade only is $10 (adults on parade day), $8 (adults in advance) and $3 (children under 12). Call 965-3396 for more information.
The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra has set its schedule for the 1995-1996 season: Oct. 17 (with the Santa Barbara Choral Society), Nov. 14 (featuring baritone Michael Ingham), Dec. 12 (pianist David Golub), Jan. 16 (cellist Carter Brey), Feb. 27 (violinist Isabella Lippi), April 2 (pianist Bernadine Blaha), and May 7 (oboist Allan Vogel of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra).
All concerts will be held at the Lobero Theatre except the Oct. 17 program, which will take place at the Granada Theatre. Call 687-7820 for ticket prices and more information.
ONGOING: No sooner does the Paseo Nuevo shopping center's spring music series end than the summer music series begins. There will be live music at Center Court from noon to 3 p.m. daily through Sept. 1. Blues will be featured on Mondays, jazz Tuesdays through Saturdays, and reggae on Sundays. The Fred Raulston Band, the Ron McArley Band, bassist Jim Connally and The Musical Family will be among the performers.
Paseo Nuevo's Center Court is at De La Guerra and Chapala streets. The music is free.