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.

Big Blooms by Paul Lange
Paul Lange Photography

Big Blooms and Fowl Portraits

April 16 – June 28, 2015
Krehbiel Gallery

Celebrated photographer Paul Lange will be exhibiting images from two of his recent photographic series, Big Blooms and Fowl Portraits. Read more on the Aerin blog.

Chicago and Its Botanic Garden
Chicago and Its Botanic Garden

The Chicago Horticultural Society at 125

May 2 – August 16, 2015
Joutras Gallery

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Founded in 1890, the Chicago Horticultural Society celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2015. When the Society created the Chicago Botanic Garden more than 40 years ago, it launched not only one of the world’s most inspiring living museums but a leader in plant education, conservation, and research. Don’t miss the special 125th anniversary exhibition in Joutras Gallery.

PHOTO: Model Railroad Garden
Model Railroad Garden

Landmarks of America

May 9 – October 25, 2015
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

June 10 August 26, 2015
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 23 – September 7, 2015
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. For the 2015 season, the 2,800-square-foot white mesh enclosure is located on the Annex Road, as you head out from the Visitor Center to McDonald Woods.

Focusing on Nature
Focusing on Nature

Student Botanical Photography Exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday, August 21, 6 – 8 p.m.
Exhibition: August 22 – September 27, 2015
Joutras Gallery

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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.

Photo: Anne Belmont

Annual Student Botanical Art Exhibition
Drawn from Nature

Annual Student Botanical Arts Exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday, October 2, 6 – 8 .m.
Exhibition: October 3 – 18, 2015
Joutras Gallery

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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.

Fine Art of Fiber
Fine Art of Fiber

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Friday – Sunday, November 6 – 8, 2015, 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.