The Courtyard

Throughout the year, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s always-blooming Courtyard is transformed through a series of nine dramatic seasonal displays that reflect Isabella’s passion for gardens as well as the skill and dedication of the Museum's horticulture staff. From orchids to nasturtiums to Japanese-style chrysanthemums, there’s always something new to discover thanks to the changing seasons and the rotation of plants. Most of the plants for the Courtyard are grown in the Museum’s temperature-controlled Hingham greenhouses and trucked to the Palace location, where they are rotated in to keep the displays in peak condition.

Seasonal Courtyard Displays

Seasonal Courtyard Displays


February - March

Hanging Nasturtiums


Spring Blooms

April - May


May – June

Summer Blues

June - July


August – September


September – November

A Holiday Garden

December – January

Midwinter Tropics

January - February