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Art & Exhibits

Current & Upcoming Exhibits

One Fell Swoop (2019), Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO. Photo: Scott Dressel-Martin.
Chatfield Farms

One Fell Swoop by Patrick Dougherty

On View Now
Outdoor
Chatfield Farms

Dougherty’s immersive sculpture at Chatfield Farms in Littleton, CO is created by weaving flexible saplings and branches into a complex and whimsical architectural form.

Mary Burns, Pecos Wilderness Mountain Gardens, watercolor, 2013. Artwork © Mary Burns.
York Street

Garden & Haven: Botanical Art and Illustration

Sept. 26 – Nov. 8, 2020
Indoor
York Street

In honor of its 40th anniversary, Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration highlights gardens as places of sanctuary and renewal through a special...

Melanie Walker, Ghost Forest (detail), print on silk, 2020.
York Street

Ghost Forest: Works by Melanie Walker

Sept. 26 – Dec. 6, 2020
Indoor
York Street

Melanie Walker’s works on fabric evoke the experience of wandering among the trees of an aspen forest; gentle yet powerful, fragile but enduring.

Tony Ortega, Salud Health Clinic Mural, 2012. Artwork © Tony Ortega. Photo courtesy of Tony Ortega.
York Street

Raíces y ramas | Roots and Branches

Nov. 21, 2020 - Feb. 28, 2021
Indoor
York Street

Tony Ortega’s artwork celebrates identity and tradition to form a bridge between cultures in Mexico and the United States.

Image Credits: Jody Guralnick, Prima Lingua, detail, 72 x 48 inches, oil and acrylic on two panels, 2018.
York Street

Prima Lingua: First Words of the Earth

Dec. 19, 2020 – March 14, 2021
Indoor
York Street

Jody Guralnick explores the intersection of science and art, bringing to light the microscopic and often unnoticed structures of lichens, mushrooms, molds and more. For...

Xolotl: Dios Perro, Photograph by E&M photo (www.eandmphoto.com).
York Street

Alebrije: Xólotl: Dios Perro

2021
Indoor
York Street

In partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center, Denver Botanic Gardens hosts the monumental sculpture Xólotl: Dios Perro (Xólotl: Dog Deity) by contemporary Mexican artist Oscar...

Traveling Exhibits

Vegetable and mason jar painting

V for Vegetables

Available from August 2020
Indoor
V for Vegetables

Explore the victory gardening movement in this traveling exhibit.

Skeleton sculpture

La Calavera Catrina

Available Now
Outdoor
La Calavera Catrina

Experience the rich history and iconography of La Catrina through colorful and joyful large-scale skeleton sculptures with this traveling exhibit.

Past Exhibits

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fruit tree
York Street

Plants, Birds & Pollinators: Art Serving Science

November 24, 2013 - February 9, 2014
Indoor
York Street

Members of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators are featured in this premier juried exhibition of works celebrating the vital role of pollinators. Using skill...

Reallocate: Works by Charles Counter
York Street

Reallocate: Works by Charles Counter

August 14, 2013 - November 10, 2013
Indoor
York Street

Charles Counter’s sculptures are gentle but significant shifts from the natural world. Through them, he explores how we construct the idea of nature through observation and memory...

Catalyst: Colorado Sculpture
York Street

Catalyst: Colorado Sculpture

May 4, 2013 - January 12, 2014
Outdoor
York Street

Denver Botanic Gardens celebrated the achievements and vision of Colorado sculptors in this outdoor group exhibition. Twelve artists redefined the surrounding landscape with their 3-D...

Botany Inside & Out: Early Printed European Books
York Street

Botany Inside & Out: Early Printed European Books

February 25, 2013 - April 5, 2013
Indoor
York Street

Explore the development of botanical science through 15th century European herbal books with selected pages from the Helen Fowler Library rare book collection. Learn about the surprising ways plants...

Coleoptera & Friends: Paintings by Robert Spellman
York Street

Coleoptera & Friends: Paintings by Robert Spellman

February 13, 2013 - May 12, 2013
Indoor
York Street

Boulder-based artist Robert Spellman takes inspiration from nature, using color and texture to create isolated, ethereal images of beetles and flowers that feel simultaneously scientific...

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