Aquascapes: The Art of Underwater Gardening

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:00am - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:00pm


Aquascapes: the Art of Underwater Gardening

Dive into the dazzling world of aquatic plants in a new exhibition of tropical underwater gardens at the Conservatory of Flowers. Go 'below the surface' as you stroll past lush, living aquascapes, imaginatively crafted to highlight the diversity of the freshwater tropical waterways of Africa, Asia and South America.

Aquascaping, the art of creating stunning underwater landscapes with plants, stones and wood, is a popular international gardening trend. Annual competitions attract hundreds of elaborate entries from around the world. The beautifully planted aquariums can mimic everything from primeval forests to verdant valleys or can become sublime works of underwater abstract art.

Now, visitors to the Conservatory get a chance to marvel at this unique form of water gardening and learn how aquatic plants have adapted to life in the deep. The aquascapes will grow, change and transform throughout the run of the exhibit, so be sure to visit us several times! 

Huge thanks to San Francisco's Ocean Treasures and Aqua Forest Aquarium for their invaluable contributions to this first-time Conservatory exhibit. 

Plants and fish featured in the exhibit: