What's Happening at Smithsonian Gardens

Exhibits and Events

Cultivating America's Gardens

Cultivating America's Gardens
May 4, 2017 – August 2018

Cultivating America’s Gardens, at the National Museum of American History, give visitors a snapshot of the history and culture of the American garden from its earliest beginnings to present day.

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Hummingbird stamp

Beautiful Blooms:
Flowering Plants on Stamps
Oct 20, 2017 – July 14, 2019

Stamp art featuring flowers and diverse elements of a garden, such as birds and flowering trees, represent some of the most attractive artwork in the Postmaster General’s Collection.

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Exhibit - Garden Inspirations

Garden Inspirations

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.

Exhibit on display September 3, 2016 -- TBD in the Ripley Center Concourse

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Pools, Patios and the American Backyard

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.

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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).

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