What's Happening at Smithsonian Gardens

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May 10 - December 2020

Habitat is a Smithsonian-wide exhibition exploring one big idea - Protecting habitats protects life.

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Let's Talk Gardens

2019 Let's Talk Gardens
May - June | September - October

Help us celebrate National Public Garden Week with special programs all week: Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17, 12:15 – 12:45. East Walk of the Smithsonian’s Enid A. Haupt Garden

Regular schedule: 
Thursdays 12:15-12:45 pm | May - June | September – October

Turn your thumb green! Join Smithsonian Gardens’ horticulturists for a series of free lunchtime talks and demonstrations on gardening basics in the Enid A. Haupt Garden. Thursdays, 12:15 to 12:45 through mid-October.

Beautiful Blooms

Beautiful Blooms:
Flowering Plants on Stamps
Oct 20, 2017 – July 14, 2019

Stamp art featuring flowers and diverse elements of a garden, such as birds and flowering trees, represent some of the most attractive artwork in the Postmaster General’s Collection.

Pools,  Patios and the American Backyard

Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard
Traveling through May 2020

A collaboration between the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens and SITES, Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard features period photographs, retro advertisements, pop culture references, and influential landscape designs. From the beauty of postwar garden design to the history of the rise of the suburbs and the environmental movement, the exhibition is a nostalgic, fascinating look back.

Bloom Exhibition

Bloom: Flowers from the Archives of American Art
March 1 - October 6, 2019

A partnership between the Archives of American Art (AAA) and Smithsonian Gardens, Bloom: Flowers from the Archives of American Art runs through October 6, 2019 in the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery at SAAM/NPG. The exhibition will feature sketches and drawings of flowers from the Archives of American Art collections and labels written archivists, horticulturalists, artists, curators, educators, and gardeners to articulate the many facets of flora and highlight the cross-pollination of ideas between the natural world and American art history, and more broadly, the generative intersection of art and science.

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Enid A. Haupt Garden

Garden Tours

Many visitors are surprised to learn that the Smithsonian Institution includes a number of outdoor museums. All have been designed to complement the museums they border and to enhance the overall museum experience of learning, appreciation, and enjoyment. From mid-April through September there are weekly garden tours available (weather permitting).

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Community of Gardens

Community of Gardens Mobile App

Smithsonian Gardens is excited to announce the mobile app companion to the Community of Gardens digital archive, now available for Apple devices (Android coming soon). Community of Gardens is the Smithsonian’s digital home for sharing and preserving the stories of gardens and the gardeners who make them grow. Explore stories from around the country, and share your story today!

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