The Smithsonian Gardens in Washington, D.C. is an outdoor extension of the Smithsonian Museum that is responsible for all horticultural exhibits and research and landscapes over 180 acres of the Washington Mall. Established in 1972 by S. Dillon Ripley, eighth secretary of the Smithsonian, with the mission of expanding the experience of the Smithsonian through horticulture collections and education.
The Smithsonian Gardens Greenhouse nursery operations are a critical part of maintaining the exhibits and gardens around the museums. The greenhouse is home to the orchid collection and nectar plants that are used in the butterfly gardens. All of the plants used in the interior of various Smithsonian museums are also grown here. The gardens and green house are a leader in integrated pest control in The United States and their program is ever evolving based on scientific evidence.
There is a special branch of the Smithsonian Gardens dedicated specifically to creating educational programs, documenting all of the collections, and managing the artifact collections which include antique and modern garden furniture, ornaments, and items related to the floral trade. Interns are also overseen by this branch of the gardens.
6.Plan a Visit
Things to Do in Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Gardens
- The Gardens, Photo: Courtesy of SeanPavonePhoto - Fotolia.com
- More Gardens, Photo: Courtesy of SeanPavonePhoto - Fotolia.com
- More Gardens, Photo: Smithsonian Gardens
- Collections, Photo: Smithsonian Gardens
- More Collections, Photo: Smithsonian Gardens
- Plan a Visit, Photo: Courtesy of Margaret Gilhooley - Fotolia.com
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of Margaret Gilhooley - Fotolia.com