Garden Tours

Weekly Garden Tours

Weather permitting for all tours, no tours on federal holidays.

Garden Tour: Mary Livingston Ripley Garden
Tuesdays at 2 p.m. from May 2 through October 31
Join Horticulturist Janet Draper for a casual and informative tour of the garden. Meet at the fountain in the Ripley garden.

Tour of the Enid A. Haupt Garden at the Smithsonian Castle
Wednesdays at 10 a.m. June 14 through September 27 
Meet a Smithsonian Gardens’ docent by the tour sign near the entrance to the Smithsonian Castle in the Enid A. Haput Garden for a tour of the garden’s history and design.

Tour of Common Ground: Our American Garden at the National Museum of American History
Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. July 6 through October26 
Meet a Smithsonian Gardens horticulturist next to the garden tour sign outside the south entrance (National Mall side entrance) to the National Museum of American History for a tour of this companion garden to the interior Many Voices, One Nation exhibit.

Tour of the Native Landscape at the National Museum of the American Indian
Thursdays at 1 p.m. June 1 through September 28 
Meet a Smithsonian Gardens’ horticulturist near the flagpole outside the south entrance to the National Museum of the American Indian.

Group Tours

To request a group tour (8 or more people), please email gardentours@si.edu at least three weeks in advance of your desired tour date. Include the words "Tour Request," the name of your group, and your requested tour date in the e-mail subject line. In the body of your email, indicate your garden/tour preference from the list below and number of people in your group.

NOTE: Submitting a form does not guarantee a reservation. A Smithsonian Gardens staff member will contact you to discuss tour scheduling.

Available tours (subject to season and staff availability)

Enid A. Haupt Garden at the Smithsonian Castle