goGardenNow: Botanical Garden Events

Botanical gardens and arboreta play important roles in promoting environmental education, conservation of natural resources, and beautiful green spaces. Be sure to enjoy all they have to offer.  

Fridays in July and August are full of fun at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens for little fairies, gnomes, elves and wood sprites! The Bibby and Harold Alfond Children's Garden is the perfect place for fairy stories and puppet shows, fairy yoga, crafts, fairy music, dancing, bubbles, games and, of course, building fairy houses. (ME)

Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit is on display at Brookside Botanical Garden, Wheaton, MD. Now through August 31, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. weekends. Hours change September 1 - 16, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily. (MD)

Missouri Botanical Gardens announces a night-time extravaganza, Flora Borealis. "Beginning at dusk each night, Flora Borealis visitors will embark on a 1-mile journey through iconic Garden locations transformed through a combination of lights, moving images, and sounds that bring the Garden to life like never before." (MO)

Imaginary Worlds returns to the Atlanta Botanical Garden with all new giant living plant sculptures sure to bring a smile as they take visitors on a fantasy journey throughout the Atlanta Botanical Garden, both at the Midtown and Gainesville locations. These living sculptures – ranging up to 26 feet tall and 21 feet wide – include an enchanting Mermaid, a beautiful Peacock, a trio of gigantic Camels, and much more. Throughout the exhibition, guests can enjoy the sculptures in a whole new light at night – illuminated on Thursday evenings during Cocktails in the Garden. (GA)

Bask in the magic of live music at twilight with Garden Gigs at the Dallas Arboretum. Each Friday event features a curated selection of local artists and musicians performing throughout the gardens. This year's lineup includes: ​​July 20: Rahim Quazi, Reinventing Jude, John Tipton, ​July 27: Jake Paleschic, Becky Middleton, Leoncarlo Canlas (TX)

The Garden Music Series at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is proud to present an eclectic variety of local and international musical artists who perform music of nearly every style and musical genre, both vocal and instrumental.  From classical pianists to folk, country, latin and world music, jazz and standards to rock and roll, pop and soul, there is something for everyone.  Artists often interpret covers of well know songs in addition to performing original material with repertoire that spans the styles and sounds of current hits to the early 20th century.  Garden Music Series guests are offered a world-class outdoor concert experience along with beautiful views and relaxing walks through the Gardens. (FL)

The UT Gardens includes plant collections located in Knoxville, Jackson and Crossville. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, see the Gardens website: ag.tennessee.edu/utg

Butterflies and Blooms at the Chicago Botanic Garden is a butterfly exhibition where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies. This exhibition is filled with species native to South America, Asia, North America, and Africa, as well as those native to Illinois. Through Sept. 3. (IL)

Save the Date for San Diego Botanic Garden's 19th Annual Gala in the Garden, Saturday, September 8, 2018. The fun begins at 5pm! (CA)

New York Botanical Garden presents O’KEEFFE AFTER HOURS, October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, & 26, from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. With cooler nights and the changing leaves comes a whole new season of Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i. (NY)

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