Art in the Garden


Queens Botanical Garden presents exhibitions created by local artists in the Visitor & Administration Building Gallery as well as outdoors throughout the Garden.

Learn more about our current exhibitions below. 

Current Exhibitions

watercolor painting of trees and walking path

Shapes of the Garden by Chemin Hsiao

On view in the Visitor & Administration Building Gallery
December 3, 2021 – April 10, 2022

Shapes of the Garden is a series of woodblock prints inspired by the ever-changing shapes and colors of Queens Botanical Garden. Based on the Japanese ukiyo-e Mokuhanga (Woodblock Print) tradition, Chemin Hsiao’s prints capture the seasonal transition throughout the Spring and Fall of 2021.

This exhibition is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Note: Showing proof of vaccination and photo ID is required to enter, except for individuals who are ineligible for vaccination. We will be accepting the CDC Vaccination Card, the Excelsior Pass, and the NYC COVID Safe App. The latter two are downloadable via Google Play and the App Store.

Meet the Artist Events

Opening Reception for Shapes of the Garden

Saturday, December 11, 2 to 4pm
Registration required; Free
Walk-ups welcome upon availability

Meet artist Chemin Hsiao at the opening reception for the exhibition, Shapes of the Garden. 


Printmaking Workshop

Saturday, March 19, 1 to 3:30pm
Registration required; $15 Materials fee for Non-Members / $12 for Members
Walk-ups welcome upon availability

Learn the basics of block printing with artist Chemin Hsiao and create a linoleum cut to print botanical patterns and designs onto paper.


Sidewalk with banners of artwork along perimeter fenceHere, There, and Everywhere
An Outdoor Exhibition by Artists of Kew Gardens

On view on the Queens Botanical Garden perimeter fence along Blossom Avenue
December 10, 2021 – May 15, 2022

This exhibition was born of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic stress and political division it engendered. With shops, restaurants, theatres and museums shuttered, occupations lost or on hold, neighbors separated and families unable to gather, normal life seemed to have come to a halt. How do you cultivate hope and strength and remain positive and affirming when everything around you seems to point in the opposite direction?

This is when artists step in. They remind us of the beauty of the world, its strangeness and its transience, and employ the power of imagination and experience to shape sensibility and attempt to provide respite and hope. It is our hope that as you pass by you will stop to enjoy, reflect and, perhaps, be inspired to create by the work of these artists who, like all of us, found their world turned upside down.

Ongoing Exhibitions

Kaleidoscope by Graciela Cassel

On view at the Forest Explorers Triangle

A surprising, multiplied reality will awaken dreams of new possibilities in viewers when they look through Kaleidoscope. The viewer will discover different dimensions amongst the trees, in the sky, and in their own image within the Queens Botanical Garden landscape.

Conocer y Compartir We Find Each Other
By Mobile Print Power

On view in the Arboretum / Meadow

Conocer y Compartir – We Find Each Other is a series of illuminated sculptures inspired by the lampposts from the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The sculptures feature screenprinted artwork created with visitors to QBG in April 2019. The project was previously on view in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Wonder Garden
By Pasqualina Azzarello

On view at the Education Building

Artist Pasqualina Azzarello (@pasqualinaazzarello), with help from Queens Botanical Garden summer interns and participants from Junior Naturalists program, painted a beautiful mural on the exterior walls of our Education Building, filling the space with everything the Garden is about: people, plants, and cultures. Check it out in person during open hours.



Spirit Sees Red by M.E. Guadalupe Rubi

On view in the Visitor & Administration Building
September 18 through November 21, 2021

Spirit Sees Red is a meditation on memory: the stories we inherit and those we create to remember. Drawing inspiration from the First Nations tradition of the sacredness of the color red, Latin folklore, and the desire to reclaim an Indigenous narrative, artist M.E. Guadalupe Rubi embraces botany and the natural world as a source of healing and reconciliation.

This exhibition is made possible by the New York City Artist Corps.


Walking Broadway: Signs of Nature on the Wickquasgeck Trail by Jessica Maffia

June 25 through September 6, 2021

Jessica Maffia’s project followed a walk along the length of Broadway in Manhattan, the Bronx, and northward, where she photographed an element of nature on every block. The series asks the viewer to look more closely and explore the wisdom of the non-human and the poetry of the natural world.


AnkhLave Garden Project

June 18 through September 12, 2021

The AnkhLave Garden Project returned with five Queens-based Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) artists who create temporary public art installations in a natural community space as an alternative studio and exhibition space.

AnkhLave Garden Project

We Worms Student Art Exhibit

On view in the Visitor & Administration Building
Through August 1

Organized by the NYC Compost Project hosted by QBG, The We ❤ Worms Student Art Exhibit features over 30 student art pieces, ranging from drawings, painting, music, videos, jokes, poems, and more, to showcase one of Earth’s greatest allies for soil health: worms.

We ❤ Worms Student Art Exhibit

Invasive Species
By Sam Scoggins

On View in the Visitor & Administration Building
April 16 through June 13

Artist Sam Scoggins draws from the tradition of botanical cyanotypes, an early photographic technique, to explore what we define as “invasive species.” Scoggins’ large scale prints present these plants found in the New York City Watershed and Hudson River in a new light.

This exhibit is made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.

Invasive Species by Sam Scoggins


On the Inside Looking Out
By the 2020 AnkhLave Garden Project Fellows

On view in the Visitor & Administration Building
January 22 through April 4

The annual AnkhLave Garden Project is a fellowship where six Queens-based Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) artists create installations in a natural community space as an alternative studio and exhibition space. For the 2nd annual Fellowship, six female artists of color with immigration journeys to the US had the unique challenge of creating and displaying their work in a natural environment. This resulted in a public art show that ran through summer 2020. Now, months later, they come together again, displaying relics from the initial exhibit along with new and continued explorations that are in conversation with the original public works.

This exhibit was made possible by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.


With Every Fiber of Our Being by Soraya Navia

On view in the Visitor & Administration Building
September 22 through December 27

With Every Fiber of Our Being is an ocean conservation-focused exhibition that invites us to reflect on the issue of pollution from the perspective of the marine animals directly impacted by plastic waste. Fiber artist and graphic designer Soraya Navia transforms everyday materials into upcycled canvases that become both the foundation and inspiration for hand-embroidered portraits of underwater life.

This exhibition is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from theNew York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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AnkhLave Arts at Queens Botanical Garden

On view July 21 through September 8

AnkhLave Arts Alliance works to to provide inclusive representation of people of diverse ethnicities within the contemporary art conversation. AnkhLave has selected six Queens-based artists to create site specific art installations within the grounds of Queens Botanical Garden (QBG). By presenting artists and art-making in a nontraditional setting like the QBG, AnkhLave aims to promote artists of color who represent and reflect the Garden’s visiting audience.

This project is made possible by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.

Click the button below to learn about each artist and preview artwork by AnkhLave Arts Alliance at Queens Botanical Garden!

Recollections: Highlights from Our Permanent Collection

On view January 17 through March 22
Visitor & Administration Building Gallery

As we look forward to a new decade, Queens Botanical Garden is celebrating the ten-year anniversary of our Visitor & Administration Building Gallery by taking the time to look back and highlight the art and artists that graced our space during the last decade.

Recollections presents a selection of highlights from our permanent collection of works donated by artists who have exhibited here starting in 2009. These diverse works visualize our mission of connecting people, plants, and cultures through a multitude of media, subject, and inspirations.

Featured Artists:

Jane Ingram Allen
Joyce and Ed Morrill
Shari Romar
Audrey Gottlieb
Barbara E. Leven
H. David Stein
Gennadyi Gurman
Iandry Randriamandroso
Paul Lin
Emily Barnett
Tatiana Arocha
Carol Reid
Frank Buddingh


Frank Buddingh
Manuel Macarrulla
Vikram Dogra
Chemin Hsiao
Shahryar Shahamat
Laura Fantini
Adele Epstein – PWP
Serkan Altinoz
Jamie Pesavento
Amber Vittoria
Darya Warner
Nancy Paredes


Marbles in the Valley by Nancy Paola Paredes

On view in the Visitor & Administration Building
September 13 through December 22

Marbles in the Valley is an exhibition of prints and photographs that portrays nostalgic landscapes reminiscent of the native countries of the borough’s diverse communities. Born and raised in Corona, Queens to Honduran parents, artist Nancy Paredes depicts the distorted memories of immigrants and the imaginings of a first generation.

This exhibition centers around a series of collagraphs of abstract
landscapes printed from the layering of plastic shopping bags.
Accompanying the collagraphs are otherworldly photographs that
extend into a different timeline, offering a second perspective of these
familiar places.


Grown-Up Flowers By PLAYLAB, INC.

On view throughout the Garden
Through Thursday, September 12

Giant inflatable flowers greet you at Queens Botanical Garden! Created by PLAYLAB, INC., “Grown Up Flowers” imagines flowers inflated many times their normal size, giving visitors a new perspective on these iconic and playful representations of beauty. Take selfies with four larger-than-life flowers for a fantastical time at the Garden.

In Full Bloom
By Darya Warner, Amber Vittoria, and Jamie Pesavento

March 29 through August 25

In Full Bloom presents the work of three artists, Darya Warner, Amber Vittoria, and Jamie Pesavento. Each artist has created a series of works inspired by the shape and form of flowers, plants, and bodies in nature.

Organic Emergence
By Serkan Altinoz

December 1, 2018 through March 10, 2019

Artist Serkan Altinoz draws upon traditional Turkish paper marbling to create a new technique that integrates enamel paints, chemical solvents, and fire. The series of resulting paintings in Organic Emergence illustrate forms like flowers, butterflies, and fibrous tree-like structures.

Organic Emergence was curated in partnership with Samadhi Advisors.



August 24 through November 18, 2018

From August 24 through November 18, explore the large variety of plant species that grow at QBG through this preserved collection of specimens.


Our Botanical World
By Professional Women Photographers Group Exhibit

May 4 through August 5, 2018

Our Botanical World showcases curated photographs by members of the Professional Women
Photographers group inspired by the botanical world and its impact on human life through all seasons.

Photo Credit: “Buy My Onions” by Adele Epstein

By Laura Fantini

January 9 through April 29, 2018

In HOPE, Laura Fantini’s intricately detailed pencil drawings of seeds, which she has collected throughout NYC and Italy, explore the fundamental power of seeds, new beginnings, and growth.



By Shahryar Shahamat

September 29 thru December 31, 2017

Through his paintings in Borderlines, artist Shahryar Shahamat shares his experience—boundaries and challenges—as a resident of New York City for the past seven years.

和 花 園 坐 著
By Che Min Hsiao

June 30 through September 24, 2017

Sitting with the Garden is a collection of site-specific watercolor paintings by Che Min Hsiao, a Taiwanese painter based in Queens. Viewers will experience the beauty of Queens Botanical Garden filtered through the artist’s memories of nature in Taiwan.

This project is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


The Structure of Nature
By Zimer

March 10 through June 18, 2017

Zimer learned the art of graffiti from the underground walls of Queens, New York. After developing his personal aesthetic, he increasingly adopted fine art principles into his paintings. The intertwined influences of Graffiti and Art History on his style have transcended it beyond traditional classification.

The Structure of Nature exhibited over a dozen paintings and a site-specific mural that fuse his modern, graffiti-style paint application with QBG’s LEED™ Platinum Certified Building through traditional still life and landscape subject matter.

In addition to exhibiting in galleries and creating murals, Zimer received his BA in architecture. His studio practice has included sculpture, fashion, furniture, animation and graphic design. Zimer has painted murals all over the world including: The New York Auto Show, Comic Con, The World Trade Center, Philadelphia Tattoo Convention, London’s South Bank, and the Northside Arts Festival.



November 22, 2016 through February 26, 2017

Queens based photographer, Vikram Dogra has lived in Astoria since 2000. He arrived as an immigrant from India in 1982 and has lived in West Virginia, North Carolina and Washington, DC. In the cradle of the multicultural landscape of Queens he found a place to love and belong. East of East River began as a photo series recording the unique makeup of both landscape and the people of Astoria and Long Island City and, eventually became a self-published photography book in 2015. These photographs capture a changing landscape of the neighborhoods from 2004-2015. The photographs combining street and fine-arts photography offer a unique and historical portrait of the ever changing neighborhoods.


August 9 through November 13, 2016

Artist Manuel Macarrulla exhibits hand-crafted masks, drawings, and paintings inspired by carnivals and fantasies that incorporate nature and animal imagery, as well as his Dominican heritage.


May 3 through August 7, 2016

Visual artist Tatiana Arocha’s SANCTUARIES is a series of large-scale, intricately-layered reinventions of natural Colombian landscape, hand-constructed on digital canvases, printed, and arrayed into immersive murals. Both refuge and warning, SANCTUARIES uses a combination of natural specimens, human artifacts, and modern technologies to evoke a rainforest that is as lush as it is imperiled.


February 16 through May 1, 2016

The Portraits of Tall Friends exhibit is a valentine in sculpture and photography, inspired by the amazing, abstract beauty of trees that live among us. It celebrates TreeSpeakArtist Frank Buddingh’ and photographer Carol Reid’s life-long bond with trees, and invites you to experience these great friends of mankind as remarkable works of art.


October 27, 2015 through January 31, 2016

A unique combination of both visual and aural art, Mayen Alcantara’s intimate piece will take the audience on a journey through Queens. The multimedia exhibit is a series of sound installations, played on modified music boxes, and includes drawings and graphic musical scores. To create each piece, Mayen and a Queens resident wear “seismograph” devices to trace movements and gestures into markings, which Alcantara then turns into sheet music ribbons for participants to handcrank through music boxes. This collection of transcriptions is rooted in the moment when oral storytelling traditions overlap with modern-day record keeping.

Photo Credit (Header): Jess Brey