Each year, Smithsonian Gardens’ staff designs and installs holiday decorations for the Smithsonian museums. Displays feature seasonal flowering plants, decorated evergreen trees, wreaths, garlands, everlasting floral arrangements, and winter interest plant material. The thousands of poinsettias used in holiday displays throughout the Smithsonian museums each year are selected and grown by horticulturists at the Smithsonian Gardens Greenhouse Facility.
Jewel-toned ornaments hung on a 12-foot live Frasier Fir in the LeFrak Lobby of the National Museum of American History.
A 12-foot holiday tree in the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Heritage Hall decorated with cream, copper and chartreuse ornaments.
25-foot-tall black olive trees adorned with twinkle lights and hanging baskets filled with poinsettias are located throughout the Kogod Courtyard’s eight raised planter beds.
Close-up of the S. Dillon Ripley Center’s holiday tree showing decorations inspired by nature.
A 17-foot-tall Frasier Fir located outside the National Museum of American History’s Flag Hall decorated with elegant red, white and blue ornaments.
Large red poinsettias, grown by Smithsonian Gardens horticulturists, near the entrance to the National Museum of American Indian’s Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe.
Lighted garland and decorated wreaths add winter interest to the Rotunda of the National Museum of Natural History.
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