Cultivating America's Gardens

Cultivating America's Gardens
May 4, 2017 – August 2018

Cultivating America’s Gardens, at the National Museum of American History, give visitors a snapshot of the history and culture of the American garden from its earliest beginnings to present day.

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Hummingbird stamp

Beautiful Blooms:
Flowering Plants on Stamps
Oct 20, 2017 – July 14, 2019

Stamp art featuring flowers and diverse elements of a garden, such as birds and flowering trees, represent some of the most attractive artwork in the Postmaster General’s Collection.

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Exhibit - Garden Inspirations

Garden Inspirations
Sept 3, 2016 – TBD

Drawing inspiration from images in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens, these miniature landscapes are small-scale works of art designed to spur creativity.  What garden elements inspire you?  Think about colors, textures, scents, or features that you would like to add to your own garden.

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Community of Gardens Community of Gardens

Smithsonian Gardens is excited to announce the mobile app companion to the Community of Gardens digital archive, now available for Apple devices (Android coming soon). Community of Gardens is the Smithsonian’s digital home for sharing and preserving the stories of gardens and the gardeners who make them grow. Explore stories from around the country, and share your story today!

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SITES Exhibition

Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyardthe
Traveling through May 2020

A collaboration between the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens and SITES, Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard features period photographs, retro advertisements, pop culture references, and influential landscape designs. From the beauty of postwar garden design to the history of the rise of the suburbs and the environmental movement, the exhibition is a nostalgic, fascinating look back.

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Ripley Garden

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Our Gardens

Mary Livingston Ripley GardenAs a vital and vibrant part of the Smithsonian experience, we engage, people with plants and gardens, inform on the roles both play in our cultural and natural worlds, and inspire appreciation and stewardship. Established in 1972 to manage the museum grounds, Smithsonian Gardens extends the Smithsonian’s museum experience in a public garden setting, inspiring visitors with exceptional displays and educating them about horticulture, plants, the natural and built environments, and artistic design.

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Publications

Book Cover

Smithsonian Gardens is pleased to announce the publication of its first gardening book Encyclopedia of Garden Plants for Every Location featuring more than 3,000 plant recommendations to handle a variety of garden conditions and achieve amazing effects.

Garden Internships

The Smithsonian Gardens provides an exceptionally well-rounded array of experiences in its intern program thanks to the wide diversity of services it offers to the Smithsonian.

Weekly garden tours

Are available from May through September

Weather permitting for all tours, no tours on federal holidays