Plan Your Visit

Smithsonian Gardens are located around museums throughout the National Mall in Washington, DC. They are open year-round, seven days a week, with something to see in every season! The Enid A. Haupt Garden is the only gated garden and opens daily from dawn to dusk. A walk around all of the gardens, at a leisurely pace, takes about 3 hours. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and sun protection during the summer. If you’d like to find out information about specific gardens, check out our gardens page.


Secretary Clough

Tour Smithsonian Gardens with Secretary Clough

Take a stroll with Secretary Clough as he celebrates the programs and exhibitions of Smithsonian Gardens.

The Parterre

Garden Tours

Weekly garden tours are available from May through September (weather permitting).

Garden Fest

Garden Fest

This year’s Garden Fest program will celebrate National Public Gardens Day (May 8, 2015) with a collection of activities focused on the importance of pollinators to our food and ecosystems. Come explore the history of honey bees, learn what you can do to attract pollinators to your garden and participate in multiple hands on activities.

Smithsonian Gardens Map

Smithsonian Gardens Map

View a map of the National Mall with locations of our Gardens


Watch, Listen, and Learn

Rainy day? Check out one of our videos to learn about our gardens from the great indoors on our gardens web page or bring your smart phone or iPod along (or listen at home) and hear all about the plants and history of Smithsonian Gardens. Look for the QR codes and signs throughout the gardens.


Exhibits and Events

Our exhibits and events change with every season, so check back often for new happenings online and at the gardens.

A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens

A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens

A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens is a beautifully illustrated guide to the colorful gardens that surround the Smithsonian museums along the National Mall. To order, visit SmithsonianStore!

Garden Furnishings

Collections and Research

Learn more about resources available to visiting scholars and researchers.

Smithsonian Visitors Guide & Tours App

Smithsonian Tours

The Smithsonian Tours app features museum hours and information, maps and floor plans, events, exhibitions, where to shop, eat, and museum attractions.