Exhibitions and Flower Shows

Visitors delight in the exciting, captivating, and innovative exhibitions and flower shows held throughout the year in venues across the Garden. No other botanical garden in the world presents such a rich, varied, abundant schedule of offerings.

The Garden mounts five major exhibitions annually: The Orchid Show, a spring show, a summer exhibition, a fall show, and the Holiday Train Show. These featured shows often include elements in several locations on the grounds, including floral displays in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, rare and historical books and prints in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library’s Art Gallery, family activities in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, and educational signage and audio tours that link aspects of the living collections on the grounds as well. An array of programming of events, workshops, classes, and children’s activities accompanies each exhibition.

Complementing these large-scale endeavors year-round are numerous other shows such as botanical art exhibitions in the Arthur and Janet Ross Gallery, seasonal displays in the Bourke-Sullivan Display House, and natural spectacles around the Garden: the flowering of the magnolia, cherry, crabapple, dogwood, and Narcissus collections in spring; the cheerful flowers of daylilies and the brilliance of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden in summer, and the fall foliage across the grounds and throughout the Forest in fall.

In addition, two permanent exhibitions focus on the work of the Garden’s scientists around the world. A World of Plants showcases the wonders, diversity, and uses of plants in an ecotour of 11 distinct habitats and galleries in the Haupt Conservatory, and Plants and Fungi: Ten Current Research Stories in the Britton Science Rotunda and Gallery presents examples of the Garden’s biodiversity research in various regions.

The visitor experience to all these exhibitions and shows is enhanced by related books and other items at Shop in the Garden, which supports the Garden’s core mission in science, horticulture, and education.