What's Happening at Smithsonian Gardens

Exhibits and Events

Enid A. Haupt Garden

Garden Tours

Many visitors are surprised to learn that the Smithsonian Institution includes a number of outdoor museums. All have been designed to complement the museums they border and to enhance the overall museum experience of learning, appreciation, and enjoyment. From mid-April through September there are weekly garden tours available (weather permitting).

Explore our gardens

Let's Talk

Let's Talk Gardens! Programs for Beginning Gardeners

Good gardeners aren’t born – they’re cultivated! Thursdays through October 29, Smithsonian Gardens will help turn thumbs green with a series of free lunchtime talks and demonstrations on gardening basics. Join our horticulturists in the Enid A. Haupt Garden and grow your gardening skills.

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Design for Small Spaces

Exceptional plants and unique elements add impact to small spaces. From fairy gardens to green walls, vignettes in this exhibit feature pieces from the Smithsonian Gardens’ Garden Furnishing Collection and plants grown at the Smithsonian Gardens Greenhouses. Tour our green scenes for ideas you can use to create your own little oasis.

Exhibit runs through January 31, 2016 in the Ripley Center Concourse. 

Farnham Garden

Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard

In the 1950s, America was a nation emerging from the shadow of World War II, searching for ways to enjoy its newfound peace and prosperity. The baby boom, a growing middle class, the do-it-yourself movement, and a dramatic rise in home ownership remade much of the U.S. and, surprisingly, contributed to the development of the suburban backyard. This traveling exhibit traces the rise of outdoor living through vivid photographs, landscape architecture plans, and popular culture imagery from magazines, advertisements, and how-to books.

Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard is a collaboration between Smithsonian Gardens’ Archives of American Gardens and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Learn more about the exhibition