Archives Alive!: Learning from Landscapes Past, Cultivating Garden Memories for the Future

Educational program and resource

Beacon Hill gardenThis is intended to enhance Smithsonian Gardens’ collections by making them accessible in new ways, both inside and outside the museum, archives, and classroom. In this package you will find information about the concepts and goals underlying these activities, and suggestions for how they can be used in your home, classroom, or community. As a public garden, archives, and museum, Smithsonian Gardens offers unique opportunities to engage visitors in active and educational ways.

This educational package is designed under the premise that gardens and landscapes of all types are more than just decoration or backdrop. Rather, they can be participatory learning spaces. Smithsonian Gardens’ interpretive and educational activities are designed to help foster conversation among our museum visitors, garden enthusiasts, and community members across the nation.

Using our collection of historic and contemporary garden photographs from the Archives of American Gardens as a starting point, Archives Alive!: Learning from Landscapes Past, Cultivating Garden Memories for the Future is a resource for educators, teachers, and curious minds, to explore the meaning of landscapes and gardens right outside their doorways, and a way of realizing broader educational goals through multidisciplinary, active, place-based learning. We hope that voices of all ages can become a part of this dialogue through collaboration. Come join the conversation at Smithsonian Gardens!

Archives Alive! Activities