Art in the Gardens
The art you’ll find at the Gardens, in both seasonal exhibits and our permanent collection, celebrates the synergy of artwork and nature. Artists’ talks and tours, along with receptions for the exhibits, are all part of the wonderful art-related experience we offer. Our annual Plein-Air Painting event welcomes artists with free admission.
Most of the art in our temporary exhibits is for sale, and proceeds benefit the Gardens. Information is available at the Front Desk in the Visitor Center.
From the Mountains to the Sea: A juried exhibit of native New England plant portraits
August 1 - October 31
Come enjoy the intricate beauty of original botanical artworks depicting New England native plants, a juried exhibit of plant portraits from the New England Society of Botanical Artists, NESBA. From the Mountains to the Sea: Plants, Trees, and Shrubs of New England is designed to promote public appreciation of the art and science of botanical art and illustration and to celebrate the diversity and beauty of plants from our own backyards. Learn more about NESBA and From the Mountains to the Sea
This exhibit will be in the Bosarge Family Education Center.
Project Monarch: Rearing Butterflies for Release, a Living Exhibit
We had a butterfly habitat in the Children's Garden greenhouse this summer where we observed the life cycle of a Monarch butterfly up close. Raising these beautiful creatures from egg to caterpillar to butterfly and releasing them here in the gardens through the summer months was an effort to raise awareness about the fragile state of the migratory Monarch.
SEPTEMBER UPDATE: We currently have 100s of Monarch caterpillars in the Gardens feeding on milkweed plants! There are also many chrysalises in and around the Children's Garden.
Now until October 31
Stop by the Story Barn in our Children’s Garden to enjoy the imaginative ways, including the "Moth Mosaic" by B.R.E.S., in which students from all five of the Boothbay peninsula’s schools interpret pollinators, the “superheroes” of our natural world.