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.

Haupt Garden

Our Gardens

As a vital and vibrant part of the Smithsonian experience, we engage, people with plants and gardens, inform on the roles both play in our cultural and natural worlds, and inspire appreciation and stewardship. Established in 1972 to manage the museum grounds, Smithsonian Gardens extends the Smithsonian’s museum experience in a public garden setting, inspiring visitors with exceptional displays and educating them about horticulture, plants, the natural and built environments, and artistic design.

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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Bloom Exhibition at American Art

Bloom: Flowers from the Archives of American Art
March 1 - October 9, 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.

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Hummingbird stamp

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.

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Patios, Pools, 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.

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American Alliance of Museums
Smithsonian Gardens is an American Alliance of Museums Accredited Museum. Learn More about the accreditation process.


Book Cover

Smithsonian Gardens is pleased to announce the publication of its first gardening book Encyclopedia of Garden Plants for Every Location featuring more than 3,000 plant recommendations to handle a variety of garden conditions and achieve amazing effects.

Garden Internships

The Smithsonian Gardens provides an exceptionally well-rounded array of experiences in its intern program thanks to the wide diversity of services it offers to the Smithsonian.

Weekly garden tours

Are available from May through September

Weather permitting for all tours, no tours on federal holidays