Photo of a man sitting on a bench in the Perennial Garden

Past Exhibitions

Gardening throughout the ages has been closely related to scientific exploration and innovation, the visual arts, architecture, and cultural and aesthetic movements. Through the development of pioneering interdisciplinary, multimedia exhibitions of plants, books and manuscripts, and works of art, NYBG exhibitions have revealed the inextricable links between plants and people and have illuminated the importance of gardens to human health and to the lives and work of renowned artists and thinkers. These exhibitions, as well as their accompanying public programs, underscore the influential connections among gardening and the arts and humanities.

Around the Table: Stories of the Foods We Love

June 4 – September 11, 2022


Key Art: André Trenier 

Illustration of many crops and three NYBG visitors sitting on a picnic table behind the conservatory

KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature

April 10 – October 31, 2021


Dancing Pumpkin, 2020. The New York Botanical Garden, 2021. Urethane paint on bronze. © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner.

A massive pumpkin sculpture stylized as though it were dancing. Its body is orange with black polka dots, while its slightly twisted stem is black with orange polka dots. Its underside is solid black.

Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx

June 8 – September 29, 2019


A sculptural fountain surrounded by Brazilian plants.


January 4 – December 31, 2019


green heart illustration with white leaves in the middle

Georgia O'Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i

May 19 – October 28, 2018


Woman looking at a few of Georgia O’Keeffe’s works on display in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Art Gallery.


April 22 – October 29, 2017


Photo of Chihuly

Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas

May 14 – September 11, 2016

Image from Impressionism exhibit in Conservatory

Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life

May 16 – November 1, 2015


Image of Frida Kahlo exhibition in the Conservatory

Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and the Women who Designed Them

May 17 – September 7, 2014

Image of Groundbreakers exhibit in the Conservatory

Wild Medicine: Healing Plants Around the World, Featuring The Italian Renaissance Garden

May 18 – September 8, 2013

Image of fountain from Wild Medicine in the Conservatory

Manolo Valdes: Monumental Sculpture

September 22, 2012 – May 26, 2013

Sculpture from Manolo Valdes in the Reflecting Pool

Monet's Garden

May 19 – October 21, 2012

Image of a bridge from Monet's garden in the Conservatory

Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra

May 21 – August 21, 2011

Image of Alhambra in the Conservatory

The Edible Garden

June 19 – October 17, 2010

Edible Garden 2 in 2010 in the Herb Garden

Emily Dickinson's Garden: The Poetry of Flowers

April 30 – June 13, 2010

Image of Emily Dickinson exhibition in the Library

The Edible Garden

June 27 – September 13, 2009

Image of gardening beds from Edible Garden 1 2009

Moore in America: Monumental Sculpture at The New York Botanical Garden

May 24, 2008 – March 15, 2009

Image of Henry Moore sculpture in the Garden landscape

Darwin's Garden: An Evolutionary Adventure

April 25 – July 20, 2008

Image of Darwin's garden in the Conservatory