Plant Life Through the Ages: Mural of Plant Evolution

Palm House Corridor, Lyman Plant House

Intro | Mural Panels | Information Panels | Photo Gallery

The Botanic Garden is proud to unveil a new 60-foot mural, consisting of eight panels depicting great moments in plant evolution. While there are numerous depictions of animal evolution, there has been no mural devoted specifically to the evolution of plants until now . Seeing this opportunity, the Botanic Garden stepped in to commission a mural and fill the void.

The stunning paintings were created by muralist Robert Evans. With a specialty in natural history, ethnography, and history, his work can be found at the Smithsonian, Mount Vernon, and numerous museums, zoos, and aquaria. This is his first installation at a botanical garden.

To celebrate the opening of Plant Life Through the Ages,  paleobotanical consultant on the mural, James W. Walker, was invited to speak about plant evolution and the mural.

Mural Panels

The eight panels, depicting great moments in plant evolution,  are permanently installed along the corridor to the Palm House.  View the Mural Panels.

Information Panels

Introduction and informational panels depicting the Earth's timeline. View the Information Panels.

Photo Gallery

Images of the exhibit. View Photo Gallery.