Events & Programs

exhibitions

The Garden produces, hosts and curates exhibitions that explore the intersections of art and nature - celebrating and revealing connections in our larger community and environment.

All exhibitions are free with general admission. Exhibitions in our Container Garden are open during regular Garden hours, 8 am - 5 pm daily. Art Gallery hours are 10 am - 4 pm. Check out our events page for exhibition-related programs, from receptions, artist talks, festivals and more. We also offer workshops and classes centered around our exhibitions. You can see what's coming up on our classes page.

PCH: Plant Coast Highway

November 16, 2019

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April 18, 2020

Outdoor Gallery

PCH: Plant Coast Highway features the remarkable plant communities and superlative flora of California 1, a major thoroughfare that spans over 650 miles. To drive on this historic route is to journey through California’s incredible landscapes and communities. From towering redwoods to windswept pines, hillsides of golden poppies to majestic oaks, the enchantment of California flora is set against the enthralling stage of the Pacific Ocean. Originally produced for the United States Botanic Garden’s exhibition, Gardens Across America, PCH: Plant Coast Highway is an ode to California’s scenic beauty and incredible plants.

Baby Plant Portraits

November 10, 2019

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February 16, 2020

Art Gallery

Human babies, tot-sized pandas and lovable tiger cubs may be cute, but baby plants are right there in the running for the award of most adorable. Every plant starts life as a tiny seedling (or sporeling in the case of plants that lack seeds), and these precious babies are often remarkably cute and wonderfully endearing. This exhibit captures adorable baby California native plants as well as some that only a mother could love in twelve heart-rendering portraits. Limited edition prints of each plant baby portrait will be available for $30 each, and calendars of all twelve portraits will be available for sale while supplies last.