Garden Fest

May 8th, 2015 | 10 am to 3 pm in the Enid A. Haupt Garden

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What is Garden Fest?

Garden Fest

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


This year’s Garden Fest program will celebrate National Public Gardens Day (May 8, 2015) with an array of activities focused on the important roles that pollinators play with regard to our food and ecosystems. Come explore the history of honey bees, learn what you can do to attract pollinators to your own garden, and participate in multiple hands-on activities.

Garden Fest will also feature the return of popular events like the annual Container Contest, FREE water bottles from Fairfax Water, and musical performances by Bay Jazz Project throughout the day.

We hope you’ll join Smithsonian Gardens for this spring celebration of gardens and pollinators!

Click here to find out more about Smithsonian Gardens’ participation in the federal effort to protect and restore domestic populations of pollinators.

Garden Fest's Annual Container Contest!

Container This year’s contest will challenge participants to think outside the pot by create a pollinator-friendly container garden.'   There are no excuses about limited space when it comes to container gardening.  Whether it’s a tiny balcony or a small patio, sunny or shady, day or night, there’s always room for these wonderful gardens.  Select the perfect combination of annual, perennial, or woody plants to entice all types of pollinators to your patio, deck or landscape. 

Learn more about how to join the Container Contest

If you have any questions about this year's Garden Fest event, please contact Smithsonian Gardens at