Need a reason to stop and smell the roses? There is no better place than at the Monterey Museum of Art La Mirada, near Monterey Peninsula College, where you can experience the sights and smells at the upcoming Art In Bloom exhibition.

Running from April 30 through May 3, 2015, the exhibition will be showcasing floral interpretations of the museum's inspiring collections created by the Central Coasts' most innovative floral designers. They will be unveiling their displays at the opening reception on April 30 at 6pm ($10 admission), followed by a plethora of presentations, demonstrations, information booths, discussions, music and workshops over the course of the event.

For history buffs, the Hidden Treasures of La Mirada presentation on May 2 can't be missed. Museum Docent John Greenwald will unravel the history of the property dating all the way back to the Roaring Twenties, and lead a tour into the Guest House, which is usually closed to the public, for a special viewing of the Three Original Frescoes.

If that's not enough for you, Art in Bloom will also be coinciding with the opening of the Museum's major Pedro Joseph de Lemos exhibition that will be on display through the end of September. And don't miss the Free Family Day on August 15 (11am - 4pm) to enjoy the art offerings with loved ones.

The museum itself is perched in one Monterey's oldest neighborhoods and has the look of a hacienda-style estate. The outlying grounds are a work of art and even the gardener's shack is uniquely charming.

Walk through archways into quaint courtyards, stroll through the rose garden where more than 100 varieties are in bloom, and take in the delightful view of Lake El Estero and the Monterey Bay. The Monterey Museum of Art is a great place to soak-up the beauty.

The Monterey Museum of Art La Mirada is open Thursday-Monday from 11am-5pm. General admission is $10 for adults and free for those 18 years and under.