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.
Open during Garden hours through 2018
Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center
Admission is free; regular parking fees apply
On display in the Grainger Gallery of the Plant Science Center is an exhibition highlighting research by Chicago Botanic Garden scientists. Mongolia is well known for spectacular dinosaur fossils, including velociraptors and the first dinosaur egg fossils. But we know almost nothing about what plants lived alongside Mongolia’s dinosaurs. Garden scientists Patrick Herendeen and Fabiany Herrera, together with colleagues, are studying plant fossils to learn more about Mongolia’s plants and how they’ve evolved.
February 10 – October 28, 2018
Krehbiel Gallery, Regenstein Center
Paul Lange’s Big Blooms—Orchids, Trailblazers, and Visionaries is an exhibition of large-scale flower photographs of unusual orchids centered around the recognition of and tribute to groundbreaking women scientists. The photographs pose the question, “How many women in science can you name?” Fine arts photographer Paul Lange chose to honor women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with this new series of Big Blooms, photographed specifically for this exhibition. Each fantastic, colorful, and unique orchid photograph is accompanied by a short biography about the scientist who provided the inspiration. The biography highlights her contributions and advancements that have become the stepping stones and standards of modern science today. Twenty Big Blooms orchids tell the story of 20 pioneering women in STEM from the mid-1700s to present day.
August 24 –September 16, 2018
Opening Reception Thursday, August 23, 6 – 8 p.m.
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.
Opening Reception: TBD
Exhibition: September 28 – October 21, 2018
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.
Thursday, November 1, 2018, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Friday – Sunday, November 2 – 4, 2018, 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.