Plein Air

Fall is the perfect time to explore your artistic side
while enjoying the Garden.

Set up your easel at MBG and capture your favorite garden scene then enter your art for a chance to be a part of our juried Plein Air Exhibition.

We will have guest artists here every Sunday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm painting in the Garden and sharing some Plein Air techniques.

Sunday, October 4 -  Ann Brown Thomason

Sunday, October 11 - Katie Lindsey

Sunday, October  18 - Carolyn Moss

Sunday, October 25 - Faten Hassouneh 

Free with Garden admission!

Tips on avoiding “Plein Errors” – keep the sun off the paper, clip paper to the easel, don’t forget water, weigh down easel, wear a hat, bring your bug spray, and have fun! 


Plein Air Exhibition at the Memphis Botanic Garden

The Memphis Botanic Garden is seeking 2-dimensional artwork of the Garden in all its forms for our upcoming Plein Air exhibition. This juried exhibition will be on view from December 2, 2020, through January 2, 2021.

There is no fee to enter, and all entries are welcome--from beginners to experts, even children! Artwork must depict a scene from the Memphis Botanic Garden. 

To submit your work: Email with your name, an image of your work, the title of work, and age category (adult or child 12 and under) no later than November 16, 2020.

Our jurors will select up to 50 pieces to include in the exhibition with prizes awarded. We will notify the artists via email that are selected.

If selected, artwork must be delivered to the Memphis Botanic Garden between November 28 and December 1. Work must be framed or on a gallery wrapped canvas. All pieces need to be wired on the back for hanging. When dropping off each artist should include title, medium, location in the Garden depicted, price (or mark NFS), and a short note about your experience painting in the Garden. Artwork will be on display beginning December 4 through January 2, 2021. Art can be priced to be sold (MBG will keep a 30% commission) or simply displayed for viewing.


Any artwork that is not sold should be picked up no later than January 5, 2021.  


What is Plein Air?

En Plein Air is a French expression meaning “in the open air”, and refers to the act of painting outdoors with the artist’s subject in full view. Plein air artists capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, color, and movement into their works.


What are the best spots in the Garden to paint?

A few of our favorite spots include the Red Bridge in the Japanese Garden, the pond in the Butterfly Garden, and the beautiful roses in the Rose Garden!

Are supplies included?

No, supplies are not included. Artists will need to provide their own supplies.

Do I have to pay for admission?

Yes, if you are not a member of the Memphis Botanic Garden, daily admission fees apply.

There is no fee to submit your artwork for consideration for the Plein Air exhibition.

Still Have Questions?

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9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Adults $10.00
Seniors (62 & over) $8.00
Children (2-12) $5.00
Children (under 2) FREE
Members FREE
* Handicapped Accessible

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Memphis, TN 38117
(Between Park & Southern)

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