An annual exhibit

This autumn marks the 35th annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibit. Sculpture in the Garden unites the work of local artists with the native plant landscapes of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Together, they invite you to experience art, the natural world, and the relationship between the two in a new way.

2023 Dates

35th Annual Sculpture in the Garden
Sunday, September 17 – Sunday, December 3
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays (normal Garden hours)
Closed Mondays and University holidays and for special events like our annual Fall Plant Sale

  • Free; donations welcome
  • Take a self-guided tour with the show program and interpretive signs.
  • Explore the show with a kids’ sculpture scavenger hunt
  • Sculptures are for sale in our Garden Shop unless marked otherwise, but all remain on site through the end of the show.
  • Stop by the Breezeway through November 17 to vote for your favorite sculpture to win a People’s Choice Award!

Award Winners

Juried Awards

Best in Show
Wood for Work, Brick Bordon

Honorable Mentions
Avian Dream, Pat Ray Day
Earth Guardians, Theresa Arico
Split of a Split, RJ Dobs

People’s Choice Awards

First Place: Flowering Archway, Holly Felice
Second Place: Earth Guardians, Theresa Arico
Third Place: Octopus, Mac McCusker

2023 Participating Artists

Nana Abreu Beau Lyday
G.R. Amaya-Baron Mac McCusker
Nico Amortegui Mary Merlo
Theresa Arico Susan Moffatt
Joseph Asterita William Moore
Gordon James Benham Elizabeth Paley
Ivana Milojevic Beck Kay Parks
Julie Berkowitz Gaylord Picard
Brick Bordon Rebecca Poston
Carol Brainard Ryan Rakouskas
Brenda Brokke DeDe Richardson
Joe Coates David Roswell
Alina Cochran Keith Savage
Nileena Dash Anna Schroeder
Pat Ray Day Wendy Scott
R J Dobs Helen Seebold
Charlie Evergreen Colleen Black Semelka
Steve Fagan Judith Simpson
Lawrence Feir Hamidou Sissoko
Holly Felice Sam Spiczka
Karen Stevens Fisher Kimberly Sudkamp
Marlee Franczak Gary Taber
Ben Galata Douglas Tilden
Jim Gallucci Anju Tumuluri
Forrest Greenslade Michael Waller
Scott Harris Bronwyn Watson
Jason Heisley Timothy Werrell
Frank Holder Roberta Wood
Tinka Jordy
Virtual Tour

See the show in pictures!

Event Hosts


Peg Parker
Frances Rollins
Vikram & Susan Rao


Becky & Munroe Cobey
Anne Harris
Alice & John May
Charlotte Offerdahl & Grady Burgin
Sims Preston & Posy Stone


Pat Beyle
Cotton & May Bryan
Kim & Peter Fox
Paula Noell & Palmer Page
Sue & Charles Plambeck
Jane B. Preyer & Lark Hayes

Explore Past Exhibits