Garden Fest

May 9th, 2014 in the Enid A. Haupt Garden

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What is Garden Fest?

Garden Fest

Garden Fest highlights each of the Smithsonian’s gardens and connects people to plants through educational demonstrations and engaging hands-on activities. The event, a tradition for Smithsonian Gardens since 2006, is an all-day, family friendly event.

Water, Water, Everywhere

This year’s Garden Fest took place in conjunction with both National Public Gardens Day and Drinking Water Week to promote the importance of public gardens, the value of water, and the availability of clean, safe water.

The festival featured popular activities such as a Container Contest (highlighted below), an art project where participants created hanging planters out of recycled water bottles, Fold the Flock origami to remember the passenger pigeon, and many more!

The Smithsonian Gardens Green Team was out in full force too with some great ‘Garbage to Garden’ activities for both children and children-at-heart that focused on conservation in the garden. Team members taught us how to compost and re-use kitchen scraps to grow new plants, and drew attention to the importance of water and how we can conserve it in the garden!

A tour of the new Lost Bird Project sculpture series in the Enid A. Haupt Garden was led by the artist himself, Todd McGrain. The Bay Jazz Project provided sprightly musical entertainment throughout the day.

We hope you all had as much fun as we did and look forward to seeing you again next year!

Garden Fest's Annual Container Contest!

This year’s contest challenged participants to think outside the pot -- find an object to repurpose as a container for plants. Be it breathtaking, practical, or whimsical, every garden serves a purpose. Thank you for coming and sharing your container with Smithsonian Gardens!

Garden Fest Container Contest
Best Composition—Kathleen Franz and Briann Greenfield, “Kitchen Garden”


Garden Fest Container Contest
Most Artistic—Claire H. Brown, “Note in a Bottle”

Garden Fest Container Contest
Best Use of Plants—Jill Gonzalez, “No Water Here”


Garden Fest Container Contest
Best Use of Color—Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center’s 3-year-old class


Garden Fest Container Contest
Most Creative Container—Melanie Dann, “Plumber’s Planter”


Find out more information about how to join the Container Contest!

If you have any questions about next year's Garden Fest event, please contact us at gardens@si.edu.