Garden Tours

Weekly garden tours are available from May through September

Weather permitting for all tours, no tours on federal holidays.

To arrange special tours for school groups, garden clubs and groups of 10 or more, please download the Garden Tour Request Form and email it us at gardentours@si.edu.

Garden Tour: Mary Livingston Ripley Garden

Presented by the Smithsonian Gardens. Look for our knowledgeable horticulturist who will give a tour of and discuss some of the plants in the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden.

Tours Begins: In Ripley Garden, between Hirshhorn Museum and Arts & Industries Building. Meet at sign near fountain. Tours offered May 6 - September 23: Every Tuesday, 2 pm

Garden Tour: Heirloom and Victory Gardens at the National Museum of American History

Please check the Smithsonian Events Calendar to confirm which garden tour is being given since Heirloom & Victory Garden tours are available every other Thursday.

Heirloom Garden: Meet at South Entrance. Tours offered May 15 , May 29, at 1 pm then every other Thursday at 1 pm beginning on June 5, June 19, NO Tour on July 3, July 17, July 31, Aug 14, Aug 28, NO Tour on Sept 11, Sept 25.
Listen to our audio tour of the Heirloom Gardens

Victory Garden: Meet at North entrance. Tours will be on Thursdays, 1pm on the following dates: June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21, Sept. 4, Sept 18, and October 9: Every other Thursday, 1 pm

Garden Tour: Enid A. Haupt Garden

Presented by Smithsonian Gardens. Look for our knowledgeable garden guide who will give a tour of and discuss some of the plants in the Enid A. Haupt Garden.

Tours Begins: Meet outside near the Castle doors, south entrance. Tours offered May 7 - September 25:
Tuesday, 10 am, "Explore the Smithsonian Institution through the Haupt Garden"
Wednesday, 10 am & 1 pm, "What makes a Victorian garden Victorian?"
Thursday, 11 am & 1pm, "The Magic of the Haupt Garden" (No tour July 10 or July 17).

Garden Tour: Butterfly Habitat Garden at the National Museum of Natural History

Presented by Smithsonian Gardens. Look for our knowledgeable horticulturist who will give a tour of and discuss some of the plants in the Butterfly Garden.

Tours Begins: Meet outside at sign at Garden entrance on Madison Drive & 9th St. Tours offered June 5 - September 25: Every Thursday, 2 pm

Garden Tour: National Museum of the American Indian

Presented by Smithsonian Gardens. Look for our knowledgeable horticulturist who will lead a tour of the native plant garden which surrounds the National Museum of the American Indian and and answer horticultural questions pertaining to native gardening.

Tours Begins: Meet outside at sign at South entrance doors near flagpole. Tours offered June June 5- September 25: Every Thursday, 1 pm

Smithsonian Visitors Guide & Tours App

Smithsonian Tours

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