Grounds Management Operations
Grounds Management Operations is responsible for maintaining over 180 acres of grounds around the Smithsonian museums and other Smithsonian support centers in the Washington, D.C. area. Exhibition gardens surrounding the museums are designed to reflect the collections that are found inside. Exhibition gardens at the Smithsonian include the Enid A. Haupt Garden, the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden, and the Butterfly Habitat Garden.
Greenhouse Nursery Operations
The Smithsonian Gardens greenhouse facility is the permanent home of Smithsonian Gardens’ Greenhouse Nursery Operations. It serves as the base of production and maintenance of plant material for the gardens and horticultural exhibits throughout the Smithsonian Institution. It houses the Smithsonian Orchid Collection, tropical plant specimens, and interior display plants, and also includes a greenhouse devoted to nectar plants used for the Butterfly Pavilion at the National Museum of Natural History. READ MORE >
Horticulture Collections Management and Education
The Horticulture Collection Management and Education branch manages the artifact and garden documentation collections and develops educational programming for Smithsonian Gardens. The Horticultural Artifact Collection includes antique and contemporary garden furniture and ornaments, seed boxes and seed packets, advertising cards, posey holders, floral frames, and other items related to the florist trade. The garden documentation collection is managed under the auspices of the Archives of American Gardens. This branch also oversees the internship and fellowship programs sponsored by the Smithsonian Gardens.
Integrated Pest Management
Pest Management at the Smithsonian is based on a strategy called Integrated Pest Management or IPM. This strategy provides the greatest opportunities for the successful detection and management of pests regardless of the object of concern. At the Smithsonian, IPM programs have been developed and are being implemented for the museums and facilities, food service areas, greenhouse plants, and landscape and interior plants. Each of these areas has different needs in terms of monitoring, potential pest problems, and risks. These programs are scientifically based and evolve as new and improved control options and information becomes available.