Weird, Wild, & Wonderful

Second New York Botanical Garden Triennial Exhibition
2014 - 2016
  • Solanum lycopersicum
    Heirloom Tomato (Kindhearted Monster) Watercolor on Paper © Asuka Hishiki

The eccentric beauty of the plant kingdom is celebrated in a traveling exhibition of botanical art titled “Weird, Wild & Wonderful: The New York Botanical Garden Second Triennial Exhibition", opening June 13, 2015 and continuing through August 23, 2015 (Saturdays and Sundays only) in The Huntington’s Brody Botanical Center in San Marino, California. The juried show of 47 artworks of “Weird, Wild & Wonderful” plants made its debut at The New York Botanical Garden in spring of 2014. The Huntington, the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California, and the ASBA will co-host a symposium about weird and wonderful plants on July 23–26, 2015. For details and registration information, visit BAGSC will present an adjunct “Weird, Wild, and Wonderful” exhibition from August 1–9, 2015 featuring demonstrations and lectures about botanical art, and specimens of botanical curiosities.


New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, New York 10458
April - October, 2014

Reedy Gallery, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska MN 55318
February 6 – May 17, 2015

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens 
151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108
June 13 – August 23, 2015

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
Florida International University, Modesto Maidique Campus 
10975 SW 17th Street
Miami, FL 33199
October10, 2015 - January 3, 2016



Jean Emmons
Botanical Artist

Marc Hachadourian
Manager of the Nolen Greenhouses

Lugene Bruno
Curator of Art
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Symposium and Adjunct Exhibition

In partnership with ASBA and the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens will co-host a symposium July 23–26, 2015, focusing on a broad view of all that is weird, wild and wonderful in the plant kingdom. An adjunct exhibition of approximately 60 works by local BAGSC members also will be on view in the Brody Botanical Center in Banta Hall Aug. 1–9. This supplemental show will extend the theme of weird and wonderful plants through educational outreach activities for children and families, demonstrations in different media, informal workshops, displays of botanical curiosities, and “Find Me in the Garden” links between the exhibitions and the botanical collections. During the week of this display, both exhibitions will be open to visitors daily (Wednesday through Monday) during public hours. 
Further information on the Weird, Wild & Wonderful Symposium can be found here: and information about the exhibition can be found at:

Awards Jurors Shirley Sherwood, D. Phil, Caroline A. Wamsler, Ph.D., and Jean Emmons , met on April 16 to select recipients of The New York Botanical Garden Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals which were awarded by Gregory Long, CEO of The New York Botanical Garden at the opening reception that evening.

Gold Medal Award Recipient: Asuka Hishiki for Wasabi, Eutrema japonica, Watercolor on paper
Silver Medal Award Recipient: Beverly Allen for White batflower, Tacca integrifolia, Watercolor on paper
Bronze Medal Award Recipient: Julia Trickey for Shield fern, Polystichium sp., Watercolor on paper
Dr. Sherwood acknowledged the following artists:
Honorable Mention for Artistic Merit - Dick Rauh for Witch Hazel Capsules
Honorable Mention for Drawing - Joan McGann for Crested Saguaro
Honorable Mention for Vellum - Carol Woodin for Muir Listens (Banksia)


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