Garden Fest

May 9th, 2014 in the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle from 10 a.m to 3:00 p.m.

What is Garden Fest?

Garden Fest

The purpose of Garden Fest is to highlight each of the Smithsonian’s gardens and connect people to plants through educational demonstrations and engaging hands-on activities. The event, a tradition for the Smithsonian Gardens since 2006, is all day and family friendly.

This year’s theme: Water, Water, Everywhere coordinates with First Lady Michelle Obama’s new initiative “Drink Up” as part of her Let’s Move campaign. The day will include live music and activities including the creation of a water themed community art project. Please join us for this unique opportunity to discuss the science of gardening from SG’s professional horticulturalists through numerous educational activities.

Garden Fest's Annual Container Contest!
This year’s contest challenges participants to think outside the pot -- find an object to repurpose as a container for plants. Be it breathtaking, practical, or whimsical, every garden serves a purpose. Come and share your container with Smithsonian Gardens.
Click here for more information about how to join the Container Contest!

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