In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this art exhibit showcases some of the plant species and communities found throughout the more than 400 national park sites. From giant redwoods and aspen forests to endangered Virginia spiraea and water lilies, the national parks contain a diverse representation of the North American flora. Reproductions of illustrations, paintings, photographs, and other art styles take you on a tour of the beauty and importance of the American flora.

Exhibit-related programs

Previous programs in this series:


  • March 5, 9:00 a.m., Workshop: An Introduction to Silk Painting
  • April 2, 1:00 p.m., Meet the Artists: Flora of the National Parks
  • April 3, 1:30 p.m., Children's Program: The Art and Science of the Cherry Blossom
  • April 4, 12:00 p.m., Gifts from the Sea (Flora of Biscayne National Park)
  • April 8, 12:00 p.m., Lecture: A Photographer’s Quest for North America’s Wild Orchids
  • April 9, 2:00 p.m., Lecture: Ghost Orchids
  • April 10, 1:30 p.m., Lecture: Art and Nature
  • May 7, 10:30 a.m., Workshop: Into the Field: Observation and Sketching Outdoors
  • July 9, 1:00 p.m., Meet the Artists: Flora of the National Parks
  • July 16, 10:30 a.m., Lecture: Exploring and Photographing the Florida Everglades with Larry Treadwell
  • August 27, 2:00 p.m., Lecture: Plants of the GW Memorial Parkway with Brent Steury, National Park Service
  • September 9, 12:00 p.m., Lecture: President's Gardens with Martha McDowell
  • September 10, 1:00 p.m., Meet the Artists: Flora of the National Parks
  • Septmeber 23, 12:00 p.m., Lecture: Phenology in the Park with Kelly Fox, National Park Service
  • October 1, 2:00 p.m., Lecture: Botany in National Parks with Liz Matthews, National Park Service
  • October 7, 12:00 p.m., Lecture: Invasive Plant Control in the National Parks in and around DC with Mark Frey, National Park Service
  • 2017:
  • June 4, 1:30 p.m., Lecture: A Botanical Artist's Adventures in Glacier National Park
  • August 5, Workshop: Creating Artistic Floral Portraits