Plan Your Visit
Smithsonian Gardens are located around museums throughout the National Mall in Washington, DC. They are open year-round, seven days a week, with something to see in every season! The Enid A. Haupt Garden is the only gated garden and opens daily from dawn to dusk. A walk around all of the gardens, at a leisurely pace, takes about 3 hours. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and sun protection during the summer. If you’d like to find out information about specific gardens, check out our gardens page.
Using books and objects from Libraries and Gardens collections of the Smithsonian, Cultivating America’s Gardens highlights early horticulture publications; 19th century popular and new “exotic plants”; prominent landscape designers; changing plant palettes; selling seeds; gardens of the World’s fairs; Victory gardens; the romance of the American lawn; do-it yourself gardens; and gardens of today.
Tours are available from May through September (weather permitting).
Smithsonian Gardens are open year-round, seven days a week, with something to see in every season! The Enid A. Haupt Garden is the only gated garden and opens daily from dawn to dusk.
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