Archives of American Gardens Mystery Gardens Initiative

Help us capture America’s garden history before it is lost

The Archives of American Gardens’ holdings include over 80,000 images of gardens dating from colonial times to the present. These images come from literally thousands of different sources and were not always accompanied by basic information (such as owner or location) that would identify them. Without this fundamental data, these images lose much of their informational value.

Contact Us! Please contact the archives staff at or 202.633.5840 if you can identify any of the ‘Mystery Gardens’ currently included in the Archives of American Gardens:

Foreign Countries

The Collections Search Center

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Found at, The Collections Search Center allows for searches on over 7.4 million records, with over a half million images, video and sound files from Smithsonian museums, archives, and libraries including Archives of American Gardens records in SIRIS, Archives of American Gardens' records can be searched by garden type or style, garden name, landscape designer, geographic location, date and/or photographer to name just a few access points.