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.
“What are orchids? Where do they grow? For this story we found an expert on the ins and outs of orchids – an orchid pollinator themselves! They will tell you all the orchid basics: what pollinates orchids, what exactly an orchid is, where they grow, and just a little bit of what Smithsonian Gardens is doing to help!”
How old are oaks, and where do they grow? Take a leafy walk through the history and diversity of oaks around the world and at Smithsonian Gardens with this StoryMap!
Our gardens are full of deciduous trees which turn vibrant colors in the fall. We’ve put together a walking tour of some of the highlights of our autumnal tree collection, so you can enjoy fall peeping from home, or in our gardens.
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.
Take a walk through the “Flight Garden” (part of the Smithsonian Gardens’ Habitat exhibit) designed to attract birds and butterflies.
See how to use Plant Explorer, a catalog of all our trees and orchids, to discover and learn more about our Living Plant Collection.
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
Take a springtime walk through the Washington, DC cherry blossoms, and learn about several different types of ornamental cherry trees in our collection.
Take a tour of the poinsettias grown in the Smithsonian Gardens Greenhouse.
Download these scenes from Smithsonian Gardens to use as your desktop background, or on your next Zoom meeting!