Let's Talk GardensLet’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.

May 17, 2018 – Repotting 101
Get the down and dirty on how to repot a plant. This demonstration will cover how to tell if a plant needs a new pot and take you through the process step by step.

May 24, 2018 – Landscape Design: Where to Start for Your Yard
Unsure what to plant where in your yard? This is the session for you! Our landscape architect breaks down what to consider before you start planting and shares tips on transforming your space.

May 31, 2018 – Planting to Attract Butterflies
Flutter in for a chat on how to attract butterflies to your garden or balcony containers. We'll cover butterfly garden necessities and what types of plant to select.

June 7, 2018 – Creating a Hanging Basket at Home
Ever wonder how Smithsonian Gardens creates the hanging baskets outside the Smithsonian Castle? Our production team demonstrates how you can make one of these beauties at home.

June 14, 2018 – How to Prune a Rose
Proper pruning is key to maintaining healthy roses. Our rose gardener explains what to cut in this session. Meet us on the Haupt Garden East Walk and then stroll over to the Katherine Dulin Folger Rose Garden for a demonstration.

June 21, 2018 – Making Room for Insects in the Garden
Bring on the bugs! Cultivating habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects is more than just good for biodiversity, it's also a great way to help your garden flourish. Learn how to identify the good guys and make your garden a welcoming place for them.

June 28, 2018 – Office Plant Care
Bring the garden indoors! Members of Smithsonian Gardens' interior plant care team give tips on plant selection, watering, lighting, and what you need to know to add green to your workspace.

July 5, 2018 – Organic Lawn Care
The grass doesn't always have to look greener on the other side of the fence. Get tips on going organic to get your lawn looking great.

July 12, 2018 – Tips for Taming Unwanted Plants
If you're facing a plant takeover in your yard, be sure to make this session. Our expert shares ways to reclaim your garden from unwanted plants common to our area.

July 19, 2018 – Fall Veggie Gardens
The end of summer does not have to mean the end of home-grown vegetables. Fall is still great for growing! Find out how to transition to fall crops in your vegetable garden.

July 26, 2018 – Tomatoes!
From planting and watering to harvesting and pest prevention, we tackle some of the most frequently asked questions about a home garden favorite - tomatoes.

August 2, 2018 – Placing and Planting Shrubs
Shrubs are a great way to add structure, color, and texture to your yard. Join us to learn how to place these foundation plants wisely and care for them well into the future.

August 9, 2018 – Identifying and Treating Indoor Pests
Few plants stay pest-free forever and comfortable indoor conditions make houseplants especially susceptible. Members of our interior plant team share tips on how to identify and remove uninvited plant guests.

August 16, 2018 – Selecting Shrubs for Year-Round Interest
Plant selection is key for a yard to look great 365 days a year. We share a few of our favorite shrubs for year-round impact.

August 23, 2018 – Summer TLC for Trees
Trees need TLC too! Join us for tips on how to best care for your trees during the hot summer season.

August 30, 2018 – Stunning Shade Gardens
Don't ignore shady areas in your yard, embrace them! Find out how to assess your level of shade, choose the right plants, and bring together different design elements to create a stunning garden in low light.