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Orchids: Amazing Adaptations

Orchids: Amazing Adaptations
February 2 - April 28 in the Kogod Courtyard

Escape the winter cold and step into a floral oasis in the Kogod Courtyard with Orchids: Amazing Adaptations.

Swing Into Victory! A World War II Era Garden Party
Friday, May 18, 2018, 6:00-8:30pm, The Enid A. Haupt Garden

Join us to celebrate the patriotic American food gardens of World War II with live music, swing dancing, canning demonstrations, activities, tastings, and food and drink inspired by the era.

Cultivating America's Gardens

Cultivating America's Gardens
May 4, 2017 – September 4, 2018

Cultivating America’s Gardens, at the National Museum of American History, give visitors a snapshot of the history and culture of the American garden from its earliest beginnings to present day.

Hummingbird stamp

Beautiful Blooms:
Flowering Plants on Stamps
Oct 20, 2017 – July 14, 2019

Stamp art featuring flowers and diverse elements of a garden, such as birds and flowering trees, represent some of the most attractive artwork in the Postmaster General’s Collection.

Exhibit - Garden Inspirations

Garden Inspirations
Sept 3, 2016 – TBD

Drawing inspiration from images in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens, these miniature landscapes are small-scale works of art designed to spur creativity.  What garden elements inspire you?  Think about colors, textures, scents, or features that you would like to add to your own garden.

Pools, Patios and the American Backyard

Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard
Traveling through May 2020

A collaboration between the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens and SITES, Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard features period photographs, retro advertisements, pop culture references, and influential landscape designs. From the beauty of postwar garden design to the history of the rise of the suburbs and the environmental movement, the exhibition is a nostalgic, fascinating look back.

Enid A. Haupt Garden

Garden Tours

Many visitors are surprised to learn that the Smithsonian Institution includes a number of outdoor museums. All have been designed to complement the museums they border and to enhance the overall museum experience of learning, appreciation, and enjoyment. From mid-April through September there are weekly garden tours available (weather permitting).

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