Call for Entries: Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens

The Third New York Botanical Garden Triennial


The theme of the Third New York Botanical Garden Triennial will be trees in gardens, inviting artists to capture images of one of the planet’s most important and beautiful resources. These tree subjects must be found in a botanical garden or arboretum, and each entry will include the location(s) of the entered tree(s). We encourage artists to seek out unique trees in botanical gardens and arboreta, in any season, and depict whatever aspect of them they find most engaging and inspiring. Or reach out to the garden's horticultural staff to learn what trees they believe are worthy of note. Chapters and Artists' Circles may consider developing their own exhibitions devoted to the subject, to run concurrently with the International exhibition.
Our goal with the exhibition is to highlight the role of botanical gardens and arboreta in educating the public about trees and their ecological and utilitarian roles, as well as the research/scholarship they do in these areas. This includes a scientifically ordered collection rather than a collection assembled for aesthetics, although of course aesthetics are important.

Below are three resources to help locate botanical gardens and arboreta. If you are interested in a location and are unsure whether it qualifies, or if your preferred institution is not on a list, please email and inquire about the suitability of your choice. The institution chosen should be a botanical garden or arboretum open to the public with scientific plant labels and/or plant records. Parks, such as national parks, city parks, and conservation properties, such as Nature Conservancy properties, do not fit within our definition for the purposes of this exhibition.


APGA's site contains an interactive map of garden locations. Please note not all the locations are gardens, some are organizational offices and the like.

The Wikipedia list has many choices, and is sorted by state. There is also a worldwide list.

The Morton Register of Arboreta is searchable by state and country.

Submission Dates: November 1, 2016 through April 28, 2017. All entries must be received by April 28.

Online Entry available, see instructions in Submission Details below or mail your entry using the downloadable entry form.



November 18, 2017 - April 22, 2018

Submission Deadline

April 28, 2017


The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, New York 10458 USA


Current ASBA members, worldwide.


Trees grown in botanical gardens or arboreta

Media Accepted:

Two-dimensional original botanical artwork, size limit 40” x 46” either horizontal or vertical.


$35 for first entry, $10 each additional entry, up to three entries


Number artworks per entry: 3

On Line Submission: Artists may enter and submit payment online, then email image(s). Please see website at:

Mail Submission: Submit digital files: 300 dpi, image 8” high, tif or jpg files, on CD labeled with marker only with artist’s name and artwork(s) title(s). CD will not be returned. Send check or pay via in US$, payable to ASBA, completed entry form (found on website), and one to three images on CD to: American Society of Botanical Artists, ATTN: Carol Woodin, The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458-5126

Entry Format: Digital files only, 300 dpi X 8” high, tif or jpg, submitted on CD labeled with marker only, with artist’s name and artwork(s) name(s). Individual files on disk labeled with artist’s last name, first name, and artwork title. CD will not be returned.

Artwork must be framed in specific L-profile, maple exhibition framing. Full information will be provided to accepted artists.

Joanna Groarke, Director of Public Engagement and Library Exhibitions Curator, The New York Botanical Garden
Todd Forrest, Arthur Ross VP for Horticulture and Living Collections, The New York Botanical Garden
Robin A. Jess, Past Executive Director, ASBA
Barbara Macklowe, Photographer, former Principal, Macklowe Gallery
Acceptances and regrets will be sent by May 30, 2017. If accepted, artist ensures that artwork(s) will be available for display. If the artist withdraws the artwork before exhibition, the artist will not be eligible to show at any ASBA exhibition for the following two years.
Shipping Insurance
Full packing and shipping requirements will be provided to accepted artists. Artists are responsible for shipping to the New York Botanical Garden and for its return shipping at the close of the exhibition. Artists are not responsible for shipping between venues.
Hanging Rights
ASBA retains the right to refuse to hang work when received if the framing is inadequate or if the quality of the artwork differs greatly from that represented by the submission materials.
Sale of Works
Artworks may be for sale, not for sale works are also accepted.
New York Botanical Garden Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals.
Publicity and Catalog
If accepted, your images may be used in educational materials or publicity for the exhibition, either in print or electronic media, before, during and after the exhibition. With appropriate funding, a catalog will be prepared using the images you provide for jurors.
Carol Woodin: email:, 866.691.9080
Exhibition will travel, artwork must be available to travel through the end of 2019