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.  This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the winter events at gardens throughout the nation. Be sure to check with a garden in your area!

Beginning in 2019, the American Public Gardens Association is excited to announce National Public Gardens Week, May 13-19, 2019! Throughout the week, many of our nation's public gardens will emphasize their importance and impact as community resources and catalysts for change and resilience by encouraging the general public to visit, engage, donate, and/or volunteer.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden debuts its own custom beer. In a joint effort with Atlanta's own brewery Wild Heaven Beer, the brew will be called - wait for it - GARDEN BEER. Ingredients will include makrut lime, harvested from trees grown at the garden. Eric Johnson, a personal friend of ours from years past, is the brewmaster. (GA)

This summer, the New York Botanical Garden celebrates Roberto Burle Marx, the modernist landscape architect who worked with LĂșcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer. The exhibition will feature a garden designed by landscape architect and Burle Marx–protege Raymond Jungles in the spirit of Burle Marx’s work, as well as a gallery of the landscape architect’s original paintings, prints, drawings, and textiles. “From children’s playgrounds, to art, to sculptural vine trellises, to murals, to incredible gardens, you [can] see his passion in everything that he did,” said Jungles. “He was always creating; that’s what gave him joy.” The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx opens June 8 at the New York Botanical Garden and will be on view until September 29. (NY)

The United States Botanic Garden announced its exhibit - It's Hip to Be Square: The Mint Family
Now through November 23, 2019. Did you know that coleus, sage, and rosemary are all in the mint family (Lamiaceae)? This plant family contains many culinary herbs. Mint family members are usually aromatic, have square stems, and opposite leaves. Most people know about Mentha (peppermint and spearmint) and Salvia (sage) species, but there are over 230 genera and more than 7,000 species in the mint family. Come explore this beautiful exhibit to learn about the interesting plants in this unique family. Find this exhibit in the Conservatory's South Lobby. (DC)

Huntsville Botanical Garden announces The Wild – A Chinese Lantern Festival. Now through May 19. It’s the Huntsville Botanical Garden’s biggest exhibit to date! Boasting more than 1,000 illuminated lantern displays of wildlife from around the world (and dinosaurs!), this festival will provide a stunning visual exhibition of Chinese art and culture. Other festival activities will include: 
Live Kung Fu performances at 6:00 pm and 7:45 pm, Chinese shadow puppetry performances at 7:00 pm and 8:45 pm, A marketplace featuring authentic Chinese folk arts and crafts. (AL)

San Diego Botanic Garden announces - ArtFest 2019 - Including Fine Art and Asian Art. April 13 and 14. 9 am – 5 pm. Looking for unique, one-of-a-kind art pieces to adorn your home or garden? Then you’ll enjoy ArtFest, featuring more than 30 local and regional artists displaying and selling their work at amazing prices! 

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia features several great events this season. Be sure to check their calendar for complete information. (GA)

Quarryhill Botanical Garden at 12841 Sonoma Highway in Glen Ellen covers 61 acres and showcases a large selection of scientifically documented wild source temperate Asian plants. The garden is open for self-guided tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Free. Call 707-996-3166 or go to quarryhillbg.org. (CA)

Every Tuesday, enjoy free admission to the Cummer Museum and its historic Gardens, thanks to the generous support of Florida Blue. Guests can enjoy free admission to the Galleries and Gardens. Each Tuesday evening, the Cummer Café is open for Tapas Tuesday sponsored by VyStar Credit Union. (FL)

Nighttime extravaganzas filled with light and mystery have become delightfully synonymous with some of Southern California's larger garden settings, at least around the holidays. But you don't need to wait for November or December to step into a plant-filled spread sparkling with illuminated pieces, for the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden will be the after-sundown setting for a five-night art-forward happening. "Digital Nature 2019" is the event's name. And while the Arcadia garden just hosted a holiday happening full of amazing, lit-from-within sculptures, "Digital Nature 2019" is based in the realm of large-scale projection. "Contemporary artists will project their work onto the lush garden landscape at night," reveals the arboretum, creating an ethereal world where ideas weave through nature in striking fashion. (CA)

Marie Selby Botanical Garden presents Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise until June 30, 2019 from 10:00am – 5:00pm. This exhibition highlights the essential role of botanicals in achieving the artist’s vision of the exotic. Together with lush displays of tropical plants in the conservatory and gardens, Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise features ten of the artist’s original dramatic woodcut prints and wood engravings, photographs showcasing Tahiti during the time of his travels, historic maps as well as visual materials that shaped his work. (FL)

Denver Botanic Gardens announces a feature art installation - Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty - at its Chatfield Farms location in Littleton, CO opening April 27, 2019. Dougherty’s immersive sculptures are created by weaving flexible saplings into complex and whimsical architectural forms and remain on view until they naturally fall apart. Some installations have lasted for years. The site-specific sculpture is created over the course of three weeks with the help of staff and volunteers. Saplings used in the installation are sustainably harvested and include local chokecherry, some gathered from Chatfield Farms. Visitors may view and move through the work in a grassy clearing near the Earl J. Sinnamon Visitor Center and the Deer Creek Stables. (CO)

We invite you to the Electric Desert exhibit! See desert, light and sound unite in a mesmerizing display like never before at the Desert Botanical Garden. Cactus and desert become a living canvas in this nighttime experience, taking visitors on an immersive journey through the Garden using light and original music. This is Klip Collective’s second garden installation; the first was at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Electric Desert includes seven site-specific locations, with each experience inspired by and related to the Garden. Now through May 12, 2019. (AZ)

Birmingham Botanical Garden schedules Antiques at The Garden, October, 2019. Details will be released soon.

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