Garden Fest

Friday, May 6th, 2016 | 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Enid A. Haupt Garden
Due to the weather, Garden Fest has been moved to the S. Dillon Ripley Center Concourse

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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 is an annual tradition for Smithsonian Gardens since 2006 and is an all-day, family friendly event.

Let's Talk Gardens

Smithsonian Gardens celebrates National Public Gardens Day with its eleventh annual Garden Fest located in the Enid A. Haupt Garden on the south side of the Smithsonian Castle.

Relax in the beautiful garden, enjoy musical performances by Bay Jazz Project, learn about the environmental benefits of TapIt and most importantly, get tips from Smithsonian Gardens’ horticulturists on how to cultivate your green thumb!

Smithsonian Gardens’ horticulturalists will share their gardening knowledge in educational demonstrations and engaging hands-on activities such as:

All Things Lavender

The scent of lavender has been cherished for centuries. Come learn all about the Mediterranean plant that inspired a namesake color and leave with your own lavender sachet.

Creative Containers using Tropical Plants

Containers add color and interest to rooms in your house and garden. Learn tips and tricks to add living, decorative, fun splashes of tropical color in the bedroom, on the balcony, and in the backyard.  

Diversify Your Landscape

Diversify your garden palette with attractive plants that serve as food, shelter and habitat resources for pollinators and birds. Let the experts from University of Maryland Extension guide your selection.

Folger Rose Garden Renovation and Expansion

What’s happening in the Folger Rose Garden? Learn more about the renovation and expansion project: why it was necessary and the goals of the new design.

Garden Memories

Discover how Smithsonian Gardens is preserving, collecting and sharing garden history and how to add your own garden story to our collection.

How to Properly Maintain Your Trees for a Beautiful Landscape

Trees are often overlooked in the landscape; they’re just “there.”  However, trees need proper care to remain healthy and safe.  Learn how to maintain your trees, from pruning and root treatments to insect and disease management, and much more.  Smithsonian Gardens' Arborist and Tree Collection Manager will answer all your tree-related questions.

Let’s Talk Orchids!

Orchids capture our imagination with their incredible color, fragrance and diversity of flower types. The Smithsonian Garden's Orchid team shares the reasons why everyone loves orchids and suggets ways to add more orchids to your everyday life.

Irrigation in the Gardens

Smithsonian Gardens works very hard to conserve water while keeping its many gardens beautiful and green. Find out how technology makes our irrigation ‘smart.’

Pollination Investigation

Plants and pollinators have evolved side by side over millions of years. Investigate a flower's physical characteristics - color, odor and shape - to discover which pollinators they attract. Can you find the right pollinator by looking at seven profiles ranging from bees to beetles, and flies to butterflies?

Starting Veggies, Herbs and Flowers from Seed

Growing gardens from seeds increases variety choices and helps your budget. We’ll show you how to start plants from seed, save money and still have a bountiful, beautiful garden.

Tools to Garden By

Come and discover tools of the horticulture trade. Smithsonian Gardens' horticulture experts will display and demonstrate specialized tools and provide tips on how to care for them.

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