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.
PCH: Plant Coast Highway
November 16, 2019
April 18, 2020
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
February 16, 2020
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.
Pressed in Time: Botanical Windows on a Changing World
August 9, 2019
October 27, 2019
This exhibition illuminates the remarkable and invaluable plant collections of ten famous botanists of the 20th century. These plant specimens were collected between 40 and 115 years ago and contribute to our botanical understanding of the area in which these adventurous scientists worked. Unseen for decades, the collections are an enduring record of plant life in biodiversity hotspots, places where an amazing variety of life are threatened by environmental challenges. While most of these regions have been thoroughly explored since the time that these collectors were active, some of the areas are still not completely known. Support from the National Science Foundation enabled the RSABG Herbarium to curate these botanical treasures, once hidden from the world and now accessible for crucial research and study.