BAEE’s Inaugural Exhibition

Our First Exhibition Description and Reviews

Our first exhibition took place in the U.S. Botanic Garden. It ran for 4 months: February 15 through June 15, 2014. The following is a record of the exhibition project and of reviews by the media and others.

Photo of the opening exhibition at the U.S. Botanic Garden
Panorama of the opening reception, February 2014, at the U.S. Botanic Garden for the BAEE Exhibition.
Photo credit: Dennis Chesters.

Exhibition: "American Botanicals: Mid-Atlantic Native Plants"

Image of the U.S. Botanic Garden brochure for the exhibit
Page one of the U.S. Botanic Garden's Brochure for the Exhibition.

Opening Reception

Monday, Feb 17, 2014—The opening reception for the first exhibition of paintings and drawings by the Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment took place on Saturday evening, February 15, 2014, from 6 to 8 pm at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) in the East Gallery.

U.S. Botanic Garden
Conservatory East Gallery
100 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20001

Photo of the U.S. Botanic Garden, Gallery East.
BAEE Exhibit, U.S. Botanic Garden, Gallery East.

In spite of the snowy weather that caused many airline cancellations and kept some of our artists and other guests away, we had an excellent turnout. Altogether about 250 attended, including artists, their families, donors and other contributors, and USBG personnel. Background music and excellent refreshments added to the enjoyment of the beautiful art work.

Photos from the Exhibition

A collection of photos taken at the opening of the U.S. Botanic Garden Exhibition is on our Photos page. Photos are also in albums for book signing events and artists. Note: Some photos are a low resolution and do not look good enlarged. If you click on the slideshow link, it will open a full-screen Flickr window. To adjust the size of the images displayed, go to the options link in the top right corner of the slideshow window and uncheck “Enbiggen small things to fill screen” (“enbiggen” is their word; not mine!).

You may also go to our full Flickr Photostream at

Exhibition Dates

The "American Botanicals: Mid-Atlantic Native Plants" exhibition ran for four months: February 15 through June 15, 2014. Between February 22 through April 27, 2014, visitors had the added bonus of the "Orchid Symphony," which featured orchids from all over the world in varied environments. The orchid exhibition was a collaboration between the U.S. Botanic Garden and Smithsonian Gardens.

About the Exhibition of the Paintings at the U.S. Botanic Garden

The U.S. Botanic Garden on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, featured an exhibition of the paintings and drawings of the native plants of the Mid Atlantic included in the book.

Image of one of three postcards made by the U.S. Botanic Garden.
One of three postcards from the Exhibition.

The image at right shows one of three postcards designed by the U.S. Botanic Garden for the exhibition. (Download the PDF of the postcard to see the artwork on both sides.) The Garden also created a beautiful brochure about the exhibition. Images of the brochure are shown at the top and bottom of this page. During the exhibition, artist tours were held by five of the artists in the book.

Artist Tours: "American Botanicals: Mid-Atlantic Native Plants"

One Sunday, during each month of the exhibition at the U.S. Botanic Garden, a free Artist Tour was held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Conservatory East Gallery.

2014 Dates and Artists

Table contents

The table has three columns that contain the date and the artist for the tour that day.

February 16 Eileen Malone March 16 Kandy Phillips April 13 Mary Page Hickey
May 11 Esther Carpi June 8 Karen Coleman  

Notes of Interest About the U.S. Botanic Garden

Registration for tours is required, either online ( or by telephone at 202-225-1116.
Note: The U.S. Botanic Garden Programs and Events calendar displays three months of events at a time. Registration links for tours are available one month before each tour.

Original artwork, sculpture, or other creations that are on exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden are protected by artist's copyright and may not be photographed for the purposes of reproduction or copying in any way. For more information, see their page about their Photographic Policy.

The U.S. Botanic Garden strives to make its facilities and programming accessible to all visitors to ensure a successful museum visit. For more information, see their page about Accessibility.

Transportation and parking information is available at

Order the Book

The exhibited paintings are collected in the book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic, which is available for purchase for only $39.95 plus shipping. See ordering information on our Order Book page. Profits generated by book sales will support art and the environment.

Image of page 2 of brochure
Page two of the U.S. Botanic Garden Brochure for the Exhibition.

Media Coverage

NBC4 Review of the Exhibition at the U.S. Botanic Garden

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014—NBC4 Washington listed the exhibition in their Entertainment section, "The Scene". See their report: Garden Opens Art Exhibit on Mid-Atlantic Plants.

Image of the invitation with a list of all the artists
Invitation to the exhibition opening reception at the USBG.

Invitation to the Exhibition Reception

January, 2014—An invitation to the exhibition reception was given out to gardening groups, botanical art associations, nurseries, and others to advertise the opening reception for the exhibition at the U.S. Botanic Garden. The invitation includes the dates for artist's tours of the exhibit and lists the artists whose paintings and drawings are in the exhibition. Click the image to see the full size.

Last modified: February 4, 2018
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