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.

Tree CollectionTour the Tree Collection 

We are thrilled to welcome you back, and would like to offer you a tour through the tree collection of our gardens. From shade tree to shade tree, we’ll stop at interesting points along the way.




SG Greenhouse Nursery Operations
The striking orange of the Osteospermum stands out against the contrasting purple Cleome seen in the background. These are some of the many colorful annuals grown for summer displays.

Behind the Scenes Tour of the Smithsonian Greenhouse 

Smithsonian Gardens’ Production Team cultivates a plethora of annual and perennial plant varieties as well as rare and unusual plant types in over 14,000 square feet of greenhouse space. Plants get their start from seeds, plugs, and rooted cuttings or are propagated in-house from existing stock plants. The team collaborates with Smithsonian Gardens’ horticulturists and Interiors Team to develop planting designs for the Smithsonian’s many gardens and landscapes.




Collage introduces Plant Explorer. Clockwise from top left: Picea abies 'Acrocona' cone, Magnolia grandiflora flower, Diospyros virginiana fruit, Ginkgo leafBe A Plant Explorer

See how to use Plant Explorer, a catalog of all our trees and orchids, to discover and learn more about our Living Plant Collection.





Kanzan cherry flowers posed on a ruler

Cherry Blossoms of Smithsonian Gardens 

Take a springtime walk through the Washington, DC cherry blossoms, and learn about several different types of ornamental cherry trees in our collection.

Tour of the Flight Garden at the National Air & Space Museum  

Take a walk through the “Flight Garden” (part of the Smithsonian Gardens’ Habitat exhibit) designed to attract birds and butterflies.