Exhibitions

In addition to horticultural displays, the Garden presents a wide variety of exhibitions, including fine photography and an array of artwork. Click here for a map of the Garden's Regenstein Center, where most exhibitions take place.

PHOTO: Krehiebl Gallery

Krehbiel Gallery Plant Displays

The year gets off to a colorful start with bowls of amaryllis followed by the bright yellow and fragrant branches of canary broom contrasted with deep blue anemone poppies. The spring months bring tall flowering spikes of forced perennials such as foxglove, larkspur, and lupines, and a brief appearance of the fragrant, purple-boughed wisteria trees. In the summer, the pool is filled with a variety of tropical foliage and flowers. In the fall, the gallery is filled with baskets of cascading and specialty mums.

The Hidden Beauty of Moths
The Hidden Beauty of Moths

April 19 – August 17, 2014 (exhibition down June 16 – 24)
Joutras Gallery

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With a keen eye for detail, innovative artist Joseph Scheer deftly weaves technology together with science and art. Using a high-resolution scanner, Scheer redefines how we view moths, by capturing never-before-seen subtleties and intricacies. His larger-than-life images allow the viewer to observe a world otherwise unavailable.  The show will include a variety of both rare and common moth scans that are almost unbelievable with their magnificent color palettes and highly detailed patterns. This show is not to be missed as it is a truly exceptional experience.   

PHOTO: Model Railroad Garden
Model Railroad Garden

Landmarks of America

May 10 – October 26, 2014
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

June 11 August 27, 2014
Extended hours on Wednesdays only until 8 p.m.

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The 7,500-square-foot Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America exhibition features trains running on 1,600 feet of track. The garden-scale trains are 1/29th the size of life-size trains. Train and garden enthusiasts, young and old, return year after year for the delightful sights and sounds of the miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges, and around buildings.

Butterflies & Blooms
Butterflies & Blooms

Butterfly Exhibition

May 24 – September 1, 2014
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting

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The Butterflies & Blooms exhibition 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. The 2,800-square-foot white mesh enclosure is located on the lawn of the Learning Campus.

 Focusing on Nature
Focusing on Nature

Student Photography Exhibition

Opening Reception
Friday, August 22, 2014, 6 – 8 p.m.
August 23 – September 28, 2014

Join us for the annual exhibition of botanical photography by students of the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. The exhibition features outstanding works by students and instructors in our diverse offering of photography classes. Click here to view exhibition galleries.

Photo: Diane O'Donnell

Student Botanical Art Exhibition
Drawn from Nature

Annual Student Botanical Arts Exhibition

October 4 – 19, 2014

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Each autumn the Regenstein School's Annual Student Botanical Art Exhibition features outstanding student and instructor works in the Joutras Gallery, Regenstein Center. Come enjoy vibrant landscape scenes, delicate watercolors, intricate pen and ink studies, amazing pastels and much more. Select pieces are available for purchase.

Illustration: Bittersweet (Celastrus scandes)
by Ku-mie Kim

Fine Art of Fiber
Fine Art of Fiber

Thursday, November 6, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Friday – Sunday, November 7 – 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stunning quilts, lovely knitted artwear, woven wonders, and breathtaking beadwork are among the abundant handcrafted items on view and for sale during the Fine Art of Fiber, held at the Garden's Regenstein Center. The area's oldest, largest, and most unique fiber art event, the Fine Art of Fiber is hosted by Illinois Quilters, Inc., North Suburban NeedleArts Guild, and the Weavers Guild of the North Shore. A complimentary opening night, including early buying privileges, is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday evening.