The Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club’s annual Blooming Art fundraiser returns this weekend, June 17–19, with members of the club preparing floral arrangements to accompany each of the 34 paintings, sculptures and other works contributed by local artists this year.

Proceeds from the event help fund the upkeep of the Garden Club’s Old Mill property in West Tisbury, and support the annual Garden Club Scholarship that goes to a local high school student.

In 2001, members of the Club — inspired by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts’ annual Art in Bloom exhibition — decided to give Island horticulturists and hobby florists a chance to interpret local art through floral arrangements. Amateur florists have a month to prepare their arrangements. Artists don’t know who will be interpreting their work, or how that work will be interpreted, until the day the exhibition opens,

“The Blooming Art event is our largest fundraiser of the year,” Garden Club vice president Donna Arold told the Gazette. The club depends on Blooming Art to maintain its charitable efforts, like local preservation, she added.

“The Garden Club is the Island’s oldest conservation organization,” Ms. Arold said. It has “owned and maintained” West Tisbury’s Old Mill property since 1942. There, it hosts club meetings, public events and — for one weekend every June — the Blooming Art fundraiser itself. The Mill has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984.

In addition to its preservation efforts, the Garden Club awards a scholarship of up to $3,000 to a graduating Martha’s Vineyard high school student planning to study horticulture, farming, or a related field. This year’s recipient was Ella Buchert.

Admission to Blooming Art is $10/person and can be purchased at the door or in advance on the Garden Club’s website:

The Old Mill is located at 690 Edgartown West Tisbury Road in West Tisbury Doors open at 10 a.m. Friday through Sunday and close at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday.