March 2019 Events for the Design Minded

Japanomania! Japanese Art Goes Global
Through June 30
Learn the stories behind PEM’s Japanese export art collection along with items on loan from a private collection. The exhibit takes visitors on a journey from the arrival of Portuguese merchants in the 1500s through Japan’s emergence on the world stage in the late 19th century and beyond. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass., pem.org

History of Camellias in Boston
March 2
Discover the colorful history of camellia cultivation from the late 1700s through the 1900s during an illustrated lecture by Lyman Estate Greenhouses Manager Lynn Ackerman. Afterward, visit the 1804 greenhouses and enjoy the blooming camellias. 2-3 p.m. $15. Lyman Estate Greenhouses, Waltham, Mass., historicnewengland.org

New England Outdoor Living & Garden Show
March 8-10
Calling all outdoor lovers, home design followers, cocktail enthusiasts and foodies! Experience walk-through displays and master classes, and meet celebrities from the Food Network, HGTV, and the DIY Network. WaterFire Arts Center, Providence, R.I., neoutdoorlivingshow.com

Cultivating Legacies: Women in Hort & Design
March 9
Hear the stories of five women who not only designed beautiful personal and professional gardens but who were also active in the conservation and preservation of open space in New England. 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. $50. Arnold Arboretum, Boston, arboretum.harvard.edu

Boston Flower and Garden Show
March 13–17
With this year’s theme of “The Beauty of Balance,” gardeners will explore the harmony created within gardens and living spaces. March 13 and 14, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., March 15 and 16, 10 a.m.–9 p.m., March 17, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Adults $20, seniors $17, children $10. Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, bostonflowershow.com

Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard Opening Reception
March 14
Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, this exhibit features Americana from the 1950s through the 1970s. Retro backyard party attire is highly encouraged during the lively opening reception. 6-8 p.m. $15. Eustis Estate, Milton, Mass., historicnewengland.org

Architectural Digest Design Show
March 21–24
Designers and homeowners alike will interact with more than 400 brands over the course of four days during this 18th annual event that attracts as many as 40,000 people each year. Enjoy seminars, culinary demonstrations, vignettes, and special appearances. March 21-23, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., March 24, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $32 in advance, $45 at the door. New York City, addesignshow.com

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence
March 23–June 16
A community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, have developed a new form of bead art, the ndwango (“cloth”). A single panel can take more than 10 months to complete. Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, N.H., currier.org

Boston Design Week
March 27-April 7
The 6th annual 12-day citywide design festival features a wide array of programs and events throughout Boston. Check out everything from DIY workshops and tech design to art gallery visits and exclusive museum tours. Visit bostondesignweek.com for the expansive schedule of offerings.

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