Thursdays from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m., May 12 – September 29, 2016 in the East Walk of the Enid A. Haupt Garden
Turn your thumb green! Join Smithsonian Gardens’ horticulturists for a weekly series of free lunchtime talks and demonstrations on gardening basics. This year we’re covering everything from tree care and composting to growing hops and herbs at home. Check out the series schedule and get your questions ready.
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.
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).
Drawing inspiration from images in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens, these miniature landscapes are small-scale works of art designed to spur creativity. What garden elements inspire you? Think about colors, textures, scents, or features that you would like to add to your own garden.