Janet Draper, Smithsonian Gardens Mary Livingston Ripley Garden horticulturist

Gardening is challenging wherever it is that you put a shovel in the dirt.  Mother Nature continually reminds you that you are not in control, and to remain sane, you need to roll with the punches! Gardening at Smithsonian Gardens presents opportunities to share with countless people from around the globe, but it also comes with its own unique challenges. 

Join Horticulturist Janet Draper as she looks back on her 20-plus years of learning and sharing in the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden.  She will share some of her lessons learned the tough way and how she deals with challenges and turns them into opportunities.