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 during September and October then enter your art for a chance to be a part of our December Gallery Show and Contest.

Free with Garden Admission!

Nature and art are known for nurturing your body and soul. The Garden is the perfect spot to experience both. Explore your artistic side at the Garden this Fall and capture the colors and textures of a changing landscape. Bring your palette and brush to capture this beauty "en Plein air" (outside). Want to show off your work? Enter it for a chance to be a part of our December gallery show. All pieces will be included in our online gallery. Artistic experience not required! Beginner through expert and even children are welcome. All mediums accepted.

Bring your art supplies to the Garden this September and October and capture the beauty of the season. From pencils and pastels to oils and watercolors, all mediums are welcomed.
This event is free with Garden admission.  

Guests can digitally submit artwork to throughout the event with MBG selecting up to 50 pieces to be a part of our Gallery throughout the month of December (including an online gallery). Guests will vote in person or through our Online Gallery. Best of Show will be awarded to top adult and top child (12 and under) artwork. Prizes will be awarded!
Be sure to include your name, the name of your art piece, and age category in email.

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! 

Here’s how to enter your art:
Art must be delivered to
MBG between November 28- December 1.
Pieces must be framed with wire for hanging or on a gallery wrapped canvas. Each artist should include title, medium, location in the Garden that is shown, price (or mark NFS), and a short note about your experience painting in the Garden. This information will all be on display if your art is selected. 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 December exhibition.

Still Have Questions?

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Children (2-12) $5.00
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Memphis, TN 38117
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