Mystery Gardens

Help us capture America’s garden history before it is lost

The Archives of American Gardens’ holdings include over 100,000 images of gardens. Many of these images were not always accompanied by basic information (such as owner or location) that would identify them. Without this fundamental data, these images lose much of their informational value.

Contact Us! Please contact the archives staff at or 202.633.5840 if you can identify any of the ‘Mystery Gardens’ currently included in the Archives of American Gardens:

The Collections Search Center

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Found at, The Collections Search Center allows for searches on over 7.4 million records, with over a half million images, video and sound files from Smithsonian museums, archives, and libraries including Archives of American Gardens records. Archives of American Gardens' records can be searched by garden type or style, garden name, landscape designer, geographic location, date and/or photographer to name just a few access points.