History in Bloom

Educational program and resource

Smithsonian CastleHistory in Full Bloom is an interpretive program that allows visitors to engage in several multi-sensory activities throughout the Enid A. Haupt Garden. By actively using the space and resources of the gardens, 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.

The Enid A. Haupt Garden is a modern representation of American Victorian gardens during the mid to late nineteenth century (1850-1900). Located behind the Smithsonian Castle, the Haupt Garden’s central component is a symmetrically patterned parterre (French for “on the ground”), surrounded by the Moongate Garden and the Fountain Garden. The Haupt Garden maintains a diverse collection of exotic plant species from around the world and continues to cultivate a collection of living artifacts that convey the history of the Smithsonian and its deep-seated roots in Victorian America. Embark on your own journey through history by exploring the activities throughout the Haupt Garden.

History in Bloom 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!

History in Bloom Activities