Come Learn with Smithsonian Gardens
Our mission at Smithsonian Gardens is to enrich the Smithsonian experience by extending the museum experience into an outdoor living classroom. We hope that the gardens tours and events in our gardens as well as our activity packages will help youth to exercise both their mind and body in the gardens around the Smithsonian and ultimately in their own community.
Community of Gardens is a digital, participatory archive hosted by Smithsonian Gardens and created by public input. By contributing images, videos, and stories to this website, your participation will help others to better understand the meaning and value of gardens to American life – today and in the future.
This year’s Garden Fest program will celebrate National Public Gardens Day (May 8, 2015) with a collection of activities focused on the importance of pollinators to our food and ecosystems. Come explore the history of honey bees, learn what you can do to attract pollinators to your garden and participate in multiple hands on activities.
Smithsonian Gardens has created a program in conjunction with Let's Move!, First Lady Obama's initiative dedicated to fighting childhood obesity.
Audio and visual material that highlights some of the magnificient gardens, plants, and collections of Smithsonian Gardens!
Weekly garden tours are available from May through September (weather permitting).
Educational Materials and Activities
‘Garbage to Gardens’ is a set of lessons designed to introduce students to the concept of the “recycled garden.”
The main focus of these lessons is for students to find connections between the natural world, biodiversity, and art.
Visitors gain a wider appreciation of how gardens preserve the culture of Victorian America, as well as the Smithsonian’s long history of collecting plants and educating visitors about natural history.
Use the lessons in this package to learn about specific types of orchids, their appearance, habitats, uses, and cultural significance and history.
Uses the collection of historic and contemporary garden photographs from the Archives of American Gardens to explore the meaning of landscapes and gardens right outside their doorways.
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Green ideas for green spaces
Brought to you by the SG Green Team
- Bluebird Nesting Box with Green Roof
- Composting for the Home Garden
- Drought Tolerant Container and Landscape Plants
- In Good Company - Diversity in the Garden
- Proper Tree Planting Techniques
- Rain Barrels