Engage. Inform. Inspire.
Smithsonian Gardens celebrates 50 years of Engaging, Informing and Inspiring billions of local, national and international visitors. It has been truly amazing to witness the growth and positive impact that Smithsonian Gardens has experienced as it has matured into a world-class public garden and living museum.
Let’s Talk Gardens Webinar Series
“Grow” your gardening know-how! Our free online gardening program, Let’s Talk Gardens, covers a wide range of topics presented by our own professional staff, as well as guest speakers. No matter your level of gardening knowledge, there’s always something new to learn!
Join us on Thursdays at 12:00 PM EST for this popular webinar series.
Botany Greenhouse Volunteer
Smithsonian Gardens is accepting applications for 2023 Botany Greenhouse Volunteer.
Smithsonian Gardens Botany Greenhouse Volunteers will have the opportunity to work with rare plants, collected in the wild by Smithsonian Botanists. This position involves routine plant care, cleaning, and pest management as directed by the collection horticulturist.
Plan Your Visit
Smithsonian Gardens extends the Smithsonian’s museum experience in a public garden setting with over 180 acres of outdoor gardens including 13 public exhibition gardens often called the Smithsonian institution’s “museum without walls.”
We are open to the public every day except December 25.
During construction on the Smithsonian Castle, the Enid A. Haupt Garden will remain open. Pedestrian routes on both sides of the Castle will allow access from the National Mall to the National Museum of African Art, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the garden.
Smithsonian Gardens strives to make sustainability a priority in its daily operations and special projects in order to make a positive impact on our environment. Click here to learn about our sustainable strategies like the Recharging Station shown in this image.
Welcome to the verdant beds of Smithsonian Gardens, splashed with color and buzzing with activity. Morning walks along shady garden paths are calling. We would like to offer you virtual tours through our gardens and greenhouses.
Explore Our StoryMaps
StoryMaps are maps which tell stories! Through images, videos, and maps, we use StoryMaps to tell immersive stories of Smithsonian Gardens. So far, we have created beautiful tours through our flowering trees, guides, and are excited to keep creating more!
Community of Gardens
A digital archive hosted by Smithsonian Gardens in partnership with our Archives of American Gardens, is a project designed to preserve our diverse garden heritage.
Latest From Our Staff
Rose Growers Beware: Good News, Bad News, and Some More Good News
May 31, 2023 at 5:07 pm
Roses have been a beautiful and fragrant part of our garden palette for thousands of years. Humans have cultivated roses for their medicinal properties, for the floral trade, and for beautifying our public and private gardens. Through breeding, we have increased the flower petal count from the typical number of five on a species rose […]
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Smithsonian Gardens Digital Backgrounds
Download these scenes from Smithsonian Gardens to use as your desktop background, or on your next Zoom meeting!