Horticultural Exhibits

Holiday Exhibition

(runs November 20 through January 17)

Our third annual Holiday Exhibition will feature an effervescent display of amaryllis paired with an eclectic, colorful array flowers and foliage, including Dragon’s Breath cockscomb (Celosia‘Dragon’s Breath’), Meerlo lavender (Lavandulaxallardii‘Meerlo’), coleus, dusty millers (Centaurea‘Colchester White’) and more. This botanical pageant will ring in the season like nothing else. Join us for the reveal at Champagne and Chocolate the Friday before Thanksgiving.

Going Up?

(runs January 22 through March 20)

Humanity has shown a desire to live with the garden—living walls, renewed interest in houseplants and green roofs celebrate the integration of gardens into formal living spaces. This exhibit highlights the connection of culture and horticulture by demonstrating gentrification of the landscape.  But the exhibit garden isn’t ordinary in presentation—in order to appreciate all of it, you have to view it from the balcony.  This exhibition’s narrative speaks to the contrast that gentrification can yield on spatial and temporal scales—often in close proximity, plants grow in starkly different circumstances.

Inside Out

(runs March 25 through May 22)

In a continuation of the livable theme of the garden, this exhibit will turn ordinary interior rooms into botanically exuberant spaces by asking the question “what if plants truly occupied every niche of our daily existence?”  Imagine a couch made of sod, classic artworks formed from seeds and fruits or a place setting decorated with succulents. 

The Summer Exhibition: 150 Years of Iowa Horticulture

(runs May 27 through September 25)

2016 marks the 150thanniversary of the Iowa State Horticultural Society (ISHS).  ISHS was founded and dedicated in Iowa law for the purpose of promoting and encouraging horticulture in Iowa through the collection and dissemination of information concerning production, marketing and utilization of horticultural crops. This hallmark year provides an opportunity to celebrate the people and plants of Iowa’s horticultural heritage throughout the Botanical Garden’s indoor and outdoor spaces.



We are very excited to host many signature exhibits at our location to help bring something special to our gardens. Below are various horticultural slideshows from our galleries and exhibits. Please see our upcoming events to see what excitement is coming to the gardens soon.