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Arts and Exhibitions Professional Section

This Professional Section acknowledges the important role that art and exhibits play in programming for public gardens.  Increasingly, public gardens are becoming an integral part of the cultural infrastructure of their communities by engaging visitors with their offerings in the performing arts, sculpture, and painting.  By making their grounds available, public gardens are also able to pair these exhibits and other cultural events with a wide range of activities that are mission-related.  To remain relevant and to fulfill their missions, public gardens must continually evolve and thus need to anticipate and respond to ever-changing contexts—demographic, economic, ecological, and legal, to name a few. 

The Arts and Exhibitions section will create a ‘space’ where public garden professionals can learn from each other.  By sharing experiences and ideas of what has and has not worked, we can help other institutions to further their mission in informed and creative ways.  Successful exhibitions include working across departments and disciplines to make sure we are connecting with our audiences and furthering the appreciation of our botanical collections.  


Mounts Botanical Garden - Call to Artists - Tropical Wetland Gar

National Call to Artists for Design of Tropical Wetland Garden at Mounts Botanical Garden Deadline for Entry: January 27, 2014, 5:00 EST Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places program seeks to commission an artist-led team to design and install the new Tropical Wetland Garden at The Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County. The selected team will have a proven track record in the design and development of artistic outdoor environments, with plants as one of the primary media. The design intent of the Tropical Wetland Garden is to showcase plants well adapted to South Florida’s wetland-like environments. The new Tropical Wetland Garden will demonstrate horticultural and garden design excellence featuring ornamental foliage and flowering plants, both native and non-native, which can tolerate and thrive in the site’s seasonally variable site conditions. Artists may obtain a copy of the Call to Artists: 1) At 2) By sending an email request to 3) By sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Palm Beach County Art in Public Places, 2633 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach, FL 33411