January 31, 2018

Contact: Devin Dotson, U.S. Botanic Garden – ddotson@aoc.gov, (202) 306-6743


Large-scale art in Wall Flowers: Botanic Murals exhibit opens at U.S. Botanic Garden

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) presents a new exhibit Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals from January 31 through October 15, 2018. The exhibit showcases six large-scale murals measuring as large as 16 feet, all celebrating plants.

Plants in murals communicate the aesthetic, ecological, and historic importance of plants in the urban environment. This exhibit features large-scale art by local artists who specialize in public murals that beautify our cities. Their murals depict plants using bold colors and monumental scale. The exhibit fosters creative conversations about botanical art and new ways to communicate the important roles plants play in our lives.


Art featured in the exhibit, with some of the plants featured in the artwork:

  • “Then I Wished That I Could Come Back As A Flower,” Nekisha Durrett. 8 x 16 feet
    • cotton, Spanish moss, lotus, cedar, eucalyptus
  • “The Flowers In The Alley,” Kellie Cox. 5 x 10 feet
    • sunflower, buttercup, dandelion
  • “Hybrid Resilience,” Kate Deciccio. 12 x 8 feet
    • bald cypress, sassafras, white oak, loblolly pine, black birch, bristly sarsaparilla
  • “Seven Healing Plants,” Gera Lozano. 5 x 10 feet
    • aloe, butterfly milkweed, yarrow, birdsfoot violet, hibiscus, California poppy, jack-in-the-pulpit
  • “Empire,” Gaia. 8 x 16 feet
    • pineapple, Provence rose
  • “Untitled,” Hamilton Glass. 5 x 10 feet
    • cherry blossoms


Throughout the exhibit run, the USBG will offer programs, workshops, lectures, and tours related to the exhibit, including opportunities to meet the artists, watch as artists paint large murals, and even participate in painting a new mural. Visit http://www.USBG.gov/WallFlowers to learn more about the exhibit and associated programs.

The U.S. Botanic Garden is open to the public, free of charge, every day of the year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Conservatory is located at 100 Maryland Ave. SW, on the southwest side of the U.S. Capitol. Visitors are encouraged to use Metrobus and Metrorail. More information is available at www.USBG.gov


About the U.S. Botanic Garden

The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. The Garden informs visitors about the importance and fundamental value and diversity of plants, as well as their aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic and ecological significance. With over a million visitors annually, the USBG strives to demonstrate and promote sustainable practices. The U.S. Botanic Garden is a living plant museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.  www.USBG.gov