Let’s Talk Gardens!

Thursdays 12:15-12:45 p.m. | May through September | East Walk of the Smithsonian’s Enid A. Haupt Garden

Turn your thumb green! Join Smithsonian Gardens’ horticulturists for a series of free lunchtime talks and demonstrations on gardening basics.

In the event of inclement weather, this program will be moved to the Smithsonian International Center (Suite 3123) in the S. Dillon Ripley Center. Click here for information on location changes for specific program dates.

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May 11, 2017 – Orchid Basics

Love orchids but unsure of how to make them thrive? Make room in your schedule for this session. We’ll share tips on how to keep orchids comfortable so they’ll reward you with beautiful blooms.

May 18, 2017 – Home Irrigation

A home irrigation system can help save water and money while keeping your plants and grass looking great. Our irrigation specialist shares different approaches to planning, installing, maintaining and troubleshooting a system for your needs.

May 25, 2017 – Growing, Drying, and Freezing Herbs

Herbs, spices, and everything nice! We’ll delve into how to grow and keep a few favorite culinary herbs. Leave inspired to create an herb garden in your yard or windowsill.

June 1, 2017 – Disease Resistance Roses

Healthy, robust blooms are a rose gardener’s goal. In this session, our rose expert covers how variety selection and care can help you get there.

June 8, 2017 – Bugs and Blooms - Insects in the Garden

Learn how to sport common insect invaders and how to best protect your blooms. We'll also cover beneficial bugs that can help keep pest species under control.

June 15, 2017 – Plant for Water Features

Plants add more than just beauty to garden water features. They also consume nutrients and improve water quality. Find out more about incorporating plants in your garden ponds and fountains at this session.

June 22, 2017 – Invasive Plant Removal

If you’re facing an annoying plant takeover in your yard be sure to make this session. Our expert shares ways to reclaim your garden space from unwanted plants common to our area.

June 29, 2017 – Indoor Garden Inspirations

Short on space or itching to put your green thumb to use? You’re in luck! From miniature gardens and green walls to dish gardens and pots there are lots of indoor gardening options. Check out some samples from our experts and leave with inspiration your own indoor oasis.

July 6, 2017 – Containers: Thrillers, Fillers, & Spillers

Spruce up your summer surroundings with an annual container. We’ll talk about designing clever container combinations and finish up with a look at care and maintenance.

July 13, 2017 – Perennial Favorites

Our perennial expert will share some favorite plants with long seasons of interest and provide perspective on flawlessly incorporating perennials in your overall garden design.

July 20, 2017 – Canning, Pickling, and Preserving your Home Bounty

If you’re eager to get the most out of what you grow this year join us for this session. We’ll share strategies for preserving the summer food and flavors in your garden so you can enjoy them all year long.

July 27, 2017 – Hydrangeas Made Simple

Take the mystery out of hydrangeas with useful tips on how to grow, prune, and care for these popular summer ornamentals. We’ll also discuss varieties that grow well in our area and new hybrids entering the market.

August 3, 2017 – Tropical Containers

Embrace the heat with big, bold tropical containers. We’ll share techniques for planting in pots, common care issues, and overwintering your tropical container masterpiece.

August 10, 2017 – Tool Cleaning and Care

A little TLC can go a long way in promoting safety and extending the life of your garden tools. Join us to learn the basics of tool cleaning, sharpening, and care.

August 17, 2017 – Native Plant Substitutes

We share some suggestions for natives that make excellent substitutes to common non-native landscape plants and help you garden with local ecology in mind.

August 24, 2017 – Transitioning to a Fall Vegetable Garden

Don’t lament the end of fresh veggies just because summer is almost over. Fall is still great for growing! Find out how to transition your vegetable garden to fall crops.

August 31, 2017 – Build a Terrarium

Low-maintenance, space-saving, and beautiful, terrariums are great ways to add green to your space. Explore the ingredients needed to create a terrarium and the factors that go into maintaining a healthy mini-ecosystem.

September 7, 2017 – Fall Turf Tips

The grass doesn’t always have to look greener on the other side of the fence. Get the most out of your turf with tips to get your lawn into shape this fall.

September 14, 2017 – Returning Bulbs

Reduce your fall workload while keeping spring spectacular by investing in bulbs that return year after year. Join us for a look at naturalizing bulbs and why they rock.

September 21, 2017 – Let's Talk Hops

Hop into home brewing with our horticulturists. We’ll cover how to grow hops at home and take them from bud to beer in this introductory session.

September 28, 2017 – Mulch 101

Mulch keep weeds at bay, protects soil moisture, and conditions beds for plants. We share some of the secrets to mulching your way to prettier, heathier garden beds.