Ripley Garden


Giving to Smithsonian Gardens makes things grow! Exhibitions. Education. Collections. Gardens. Beautiful, exhilarating spaces that provide delight and inspiration to millions of visitors to the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. each year. Your tax-deductible gift helps us develop green thumbs, green spaces, and green ideas. For information on directing your gift to a specific project or department, click here.

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Smithsonian Gardens
P.O. Box 37012
Capital Gallery, Suite 3300, MRC 506
Washington, DC, 20013-7012

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Corporate Partnerships

We welcome the opportunity to partner with your organization to help sponsor special events and exhibitions. Please contact: Joy Columbus, Director, Smithsonian Gardens, columbusj@si.edu

Directed Giving

There are so many ways that your gift can benefit Smithsonian Gardens!

Director’s Fund for Annual Giving
Funds will support a special project identified by the Smithsonian Gardens Director.

The gardens offer inspirational horticultural displays and provide handsome, restorative spaces for Smithsonian visitors.

The Greenhouse Facility serves as the base of production and care of plant material used for the gardens and horticultural exhibits. It also houses the Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection.

Programs educate on-site and virtual visitors about the roles that plants and gardens play in world culture, natural and built environments, and garden history in America.

Our outstanding living and archival collections – Orchids, Trees, and the Archives of American Gardens – are critical components of our Education Program, featured in exhibitions, and made available for research.

Interns learn skills in a broad range of horticultural, educational and archival endeavors from SI’s expert professional staff. Internships provide a strong practical background to emerging professionals hoping to enter the public gardening world.

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