In 2004, Mary Pat Matheson, Garden President & CEO, secured the most prestigious exhibit in the Garden's history, Chihuly in the Garden. An exhibition of 50 original glass sculptures by internationally renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly were on display at the Garden. The nine-month blockbuster exhibition brought the Garden to the forefront of cultural tourism in the Southeast.
In 2014, Philip Haas brought his exhibition Four Seasons to the Garden. Beneath the sculptures, featured in an exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden last summer, a temporary garden planting formed a living carpet from which the sculptures emerged. The exuberant flowers added a living element to Haas’ intricate artistic vision.
In 2005, Locomotion in the Garden: Trains Across Georgia was a spectacular installation of enchanting views with recognizable Atlanta and Georgia landmarks sculpted from natural materials. Miniature garden railways set the scene for this enchanting exhibit of model trains riding through dramatic mountains and valleys, over bridges and into a bustling city.
In 2015, Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks traveled to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville. Gainesville’s woodland garden provided the perfect backdrop for more than 375,000 LEGO bricks and features fanciful creatures such as a 6-foot-tall praying mantis and a swallowtail butterfly with a 5-foot wingspan.
In 2006, Niki in the Garden was the world's largest exhibition of internationally renowned artist Niki de Saint Phalle's outdoor sculptures ever presented. On the scale of Chihuly in the Garden, this spectacular exhibition featured Saint Phalle's imaginative, monumental artwork beautifully displayed throughout the Garden.
In 2008, the Garden showcased fine contemporary art in an extraordinary garden setting with Sculpture in Motion: Art Choreographed by Nature. The most extensive survey of outdoor kinetic art thus far, Sculpture in Motion featured 32 medium and large scale outdoor kinetic sculptures.