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Abundant Future: Cultivating Diversity in Garden, Farm, and Field

The Fourth New York Botanical Garden Triennial

Virtual Exhibition Dates: November 21, 2020 - April 25, 2021

The Exhibition
The Artists/Backstories
The Art
Photo Gallery


The New York Botanical Garden (Online Virtual)
Bronx, NY
November 21, 2020 – April 25, 2021

Tucson Botanical Garden
Tucson, AZ
January 17 – May 8, 2022
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
Wausau, WI
June 11 - August 28, 2022
©2020 Akiko Enokido, Shishigatani Kabocha Pumpkin, Watercolor on paper, The New York Botanical Garden Gold Medal
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver, CO
October 8, 2022 - January 15, 2023

Oak Spring Garden Foundation
1776 Loughborough Lane, Upperville, VA
March 2 – October 30, 2023

As further venues are announced, they will be posted here


Susan T. Fisher
Botanical Artist and Educator
Annie Novak
Manager, Edible Academy, The New York Botanical Garden
Denise Walser-Kolar
Botanical Artist, Past ASBA Executive Director

Abundant Future installed in Oak Spring Gallery, with objects from Oak Spring’s Library collection.

ASBA is excited to announce that Abundant Future is now on view at Oak Spring Garden Foundation through October 30, 2023. Oak Spring has added many artworks, books and other interpretive objects from their own collection. These treasures add much historical value to the exhibition. Some of the works on view include Helianthus annuus by Margaret Stones, Opuntia major validissimis spinis munita by Georg Dionysius Ehret, and Giovanni Battista Ferrari, Hesperides, sive de Malorum Aureorum cultura et usu. Libri Quatuor (1646). Also displayed are both copies of the Highgrove Florilegium. The exhibition can be seen during open days, short programs, and by appointment. Please email: To see photos of the installation go to the Photo Gallery tab.


Oak Spring will be holding a one-day workshop with artist Jean Emmons on May 20. For information and to sign up:


Freyer-Newman Center, Denver, CO

Featuring 40 original botanical illustrations, Abundant Future highlights the history and importance of biological diversity in cultivated plants grown for clothing, shelter, healing, and most of all, for food. The subjects of these works were discovered on international travels, picked up at the farmer’s market and even plucked from artists’ own gardens. The works illustrate the artistry of plant breeding, the challenges of maintaining genetic diversity in domesticated crops, and the potential for rejuvenation to be found in heirloom and ancient plant revival.

 The jury team of Susan T. Fisher, Annie Novak, and Denise Walser-Kolar selected works from artists in the US, Canada, Czech Republic, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, and the UK. Subjects featured range from heirloom and ancient food plants such as squash, emmer wheat, potatoes, and rice, to crop wild relatives such as wild figs, wild millet, and fox grapes, to utilitarian heirlooms such as raffia and a precursor to modern cotton. Artists selected include: Seongweon Ahn, Margaret Best, Monika deVries Gohlke, Deborah Dion, Beverly Duncan, Jean Emmons, Akiko Enokido, Lara Gastinger, Damodar Gurjar, Jane Hancock, Albina P. Herron, Asuka Hishiki, Sarah Howard, Mariko Ikeda, Jee-Yeon Koo, Pavlina Kourkova, Anne Mantini, Tammy McEntee, Joan McGann, Linda Medved Lufkin, Susan Mintun, Eunike Nugroho, Barbara Oozeerally, Sally Petru, Sengmany Phommachakr, Linda Powers, Kelly Radding, Lynne Railsback, Gillian Rice, Betsy Rogers-Knox, Lizzie Sanders, Connie Scanlon, Kathy Schermer-Gramm, Mitsuko Schultz, Liz Shippam, Susan Tomlinson, Janene Walkky, and Carol Woodin.

Myra Sourkes, Beth Plotnick, and Claudia Lane have compiled “Artists’ Stories Behind the Art” for ASBA’s website. 

A catalog has been published with major support from M. Danny Swanson, Keiko Nibu Tarver and Alan Tarver, and Catherine M. Watters.  The exhibition has traveled to Tucson Botanical Garden in Winter/Spring 2022, to Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Summer of 2022, and to Denver Botanic Gardens in Autumn of 2022. It is on view at Oak Spring Garden Foundation from March 3 - October 30, 2023. 

Congratulations to the following artists!

Click on an artist's name to view the artwork and read the story behind the art.

The New York Botanical Garden Gold Medal

Akiko Enokido, Shishigatani Kabochal Pumpkin

The New York Botanical Garden Silver Medal

Mariko Ikeda, Jorum Pandanus

The New York Botanical Garden Bronze Medal

Jean Emmons, Eggplants

Honorable mention

Betsy Rogers-Knox, Wild Fox Grapes

Eunike Nugroho, Mutual Dependence (Wild Fig and Wasp)

Jury team discusses medal candidates: from left, Alex McAlvay, Robin Jess, Che’Von Cooper, Joanna Groarke. Photos courtesy The New York Botanical Garden.

Oak Spring Garden Foundation - Jean Emmons Full Day Workshop

May 20, 2023
In association with Abundant Future’s appearance at Oak Spring Garden Foundation, Jean Emmons is teaching a full-day workshop on site to improve your drybrush watercolor skills on May 20. For information and to register:

From Abundant Future exhibition: Eggplants, watercolor on vellum, ©Jean Emmons

Oak Spring Garden Foundation Opening Reception


March 2, 2023

Those who would like to attend the opening reception at Oak Spring on March 2 must register by clicking the link below.

Conservation, and the Power of Contemporary Botanical Art


Sunday, December 24, 2022
ASBA Exhibitions Director, Carol Woodin will be speaking at Denver Botanic Garden's 2022 School of Botanical Art & Illustration graduation on Sunday, December 4. Woodin's talk 'Conservation, and the Power of Contemporary Botanical Art' will describe the ways in which botanical art communicates important topics to the public. 

Denver Botanic Gardens: Fall Exhibitions Reception

Friday, October 7, 2022

ASBA is delighted to announce that Abundant Future: Cultivating Diversity in Garden, Farm & Field will be on view at Denver Botanic Gardens' Freyer – Newman Center throughout the autumn and early winter. The exhibition can be previewed during the Fall Exhibitions Reception on Friday, October 7th alongside Sammy Seung-Min Lee: Taking Root and Seeing Red: Botanical Art and Illustration. The reception is free, but advance registration is required, here.

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

Through August 28, 2022
Abundant Future is on view at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum through August 28, 2022. Take advantage of the diverse programming they have developed for the exhibition. See their beautiful calendar here:

Cafe Botanique: Creative Expressions of Crops and Their Wild Relatives VIRTUAL

Hosted by Denver Botanic Gardens

April 14, 2021, 6:30pm Mountain Time
Join research scientist Colin Khoury, who specializes in food crop diversity and the sustainability of food systems, and artist/curator Carol Woodin to understand more about crops and their wild relatives. Learn the importance of the wild ancestors and cousins of today's cultivated plants and view a selection of artworks part of an exhibition organized by the American Society of Botanical Artists, Abundant Future: Cultivating Diversity in Garden, Farm and Field. Hear participating artist Susan Mintun share how she approached the project to depict emmer wheat in a scientifically accurate and visually compelling way.

Cultivating Diversity from Seed to Table VIRTUAL 

Hosted by The New York Botanical Garden

March 23, 2021 at 11am Eastern
Three prominent experts, Dan Barber, Michael Mazourek, and Carol Woodin come together for a lively exchange celebrating the ways in which chefs, artists, and plant breeders can promote diversity in the plants that we eat. The conversation is inspired by the luminous paintings of heirloom edibles and their wild relatives in Abundant Future: Cultivating Diversity in Garden, Farm, and Field-the Fourth NYBG Triennial exhibition with the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). This video is archived on NYBG's Adult Education Lectures and Talks Archive HERE, scroll down to find the webinar.

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