The Curious Garden


The Curious Garden features 11 site-specific installations created to share a story about the Garden’s plant collections and plant conservation work by prompting visitors to make a discovery, ask questions and provoke a discussion. Bold, often unexpected, manmade and altered natural materials are employed to direct the eye to focus on the simple beauty of nature. Think dozens of multi-colored spray-painted trees. A mysterious display of scientific lab glassware filled with an array of colorful liquids. Dozens of sparkly old chandeliers dripping with plants.

Guest artist and designer for the exhibition is Adam Schwerner, who is director of Disneyland Resort Horticulture & Resort Enhancement, previously was director of the Chicago Park District’s Department of Cultural and Natural Resources. There, he spearheaded initiatives to increase the presence of public art in city parks, including painting trees and providing artists the opportunity to carve standing dead trees into works of art.

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May 6 - October 29
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Member Preview Evenings

Contributing and above:
Tuesday, May 2
6 - 9 p.m.

Individual, Dual, Family and Family Plus:
Thursday, May 4
6 - 9 p.m.

Be the first to view The Curious Garden, a site-specific exhibition by guest artist and designer Adam Schwerner. See pastel painted trees, a serene white garden, and other creations that encourage discovering the garden with fresh eyes.

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Various green chains hang among the roots in the Conservatory. Sunflowers fill the Edible Garden. Scientific lab glassware filled with an array of colorful liquids highlight conservation efforts.