Marvellous Blooms

Discover and explore blooming, marvellous flower paintings and secret meanings!


The trail can be downloaded as a PDF document below. Please print it out and bring it with you before visiting the Gallery.

PDF fileMarvellous Blooms trail [PDF 10.5mb – opens in a new window]

Please note that some details have changed since this trail was printed:

Live information about each painting in the trail can be found on the links below.

About the trail

Join Saskia to explore blooming, marvellous flower paintings, which include fearsome weapons, cheerful sunflowers and secret meanings! There are exciting things to do, such as solving puzzles, looking and drawing and sharing art secrets.

Who is the trail for?

This trail is for children aged 5 and above (with their adults).

More information

This trail will take around one hour to finish. You can explore all the paintings or visit just a few paintings and finish it another day.

During the trail, look out for:

  • Look and draw
    Jump into the painting and draw 
  • Art secret
    Amaze your friends with hidden secrets
  • Art detective
    Find hidden clues
  • At home
    Fun activities to try at home
  • Zoom
    Use the internet zoom tool to explore small details when you get home.
    Discover more about the paintings online when you get home! 
  • Underlined words
    See what they mean at the end of the trail

If you enjoy the 'Marvellous Blooms' trail then why not complete the National Gallery’s 'Pause: Imagine: Play'  trail? This trail and coloured pencils can be picked up from any of the Information Desks for £1. Please return pencils at the end of your visit so others can use them too.

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