About Smithsonian Gardens
Our Mission: To enrich the Smithsonian experience through exceptional gardens, horticultural exhibits, collections, and education.
An integral part of the Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Gardens creates and manages the Smithsonian’s outdoor gardens, interiorscapes, and horticulture-related collections and exhibits. Established in 1972 to manage the museum grounds, Smithsonian Gardens extends the museums’ exhibits and learning environment in a public garden setting while shaping visitors’ overall experience of the Smithsonian.
Our Strategic Plan
Brought together by our dedication to the Smithsonian Institution, we share the common purpose to enrich the Smithsonian experience through exceptional gardens, horticultural exhibits, collections, and education.View the Full Plan (pdf)
The Smithsonian Gardens Green Team was created to keep sustainability at the forefront of Smithsonian Gardens operations and business practices by providing inspiration, research, and accountability in areas of impact on the natural environment.
In 2013, Smithsonian Gardens (SG) celebrated 41 years of continuous service to the Smithsonian, its visitors and staff. Last year, SG received accreditation status from the American Alliance of Museums.