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Mary Livingston Ripley Garden has a large variety of plants and flowers that creates an oasis through raised garden beds and beautiful hanging baskets that are cultivated in the Smithsonian Greenhouse. Mrs. Ripley, wife of Smithsonian Garden founder, S. Dillon Ripley, established this garden in the hopes of creating an extremely fragrant garden that provides respite for visitors. Iron lamp posts and benches as well as the beautiful fountain create a stunning visual amongs the flowers for guests.
Gardens at National Air and Space Museum expand over seven acres of tiered, walled terraces. Many different varieties of trees, shrubs, annuals and perrienials decorate the landscape of the museum. The garden is currently in the planning stages of developing a “flight garden” with the goals of attracting many of the different flying birds and insects in the area.
Native Landscape Garden showcases the landscape of the are pre-colonial times when Native Americans were the only occupants of the land. It is quite fitting that this garden is an extension of the National Museum of the American Indian. Over 33,000 plants native to the Piedmont region encompass four distinct habitats—hardwood forest, meadow, wetland, and crop land. This landscape is meant to look natural and undisturbed with wildflowers, water lilies and cattails that are free to grow. The cropland section of the garden features crops planted and harvested in the traditional ways that the American Indians used. The garden is completely organic and boulders, as well as clay sculptures decorate the space. There is a fire pit and amphitheater located in the area as well where visitors can enjoy performances.
Urban Bird Habitat is home to 300 different species of birds that are both native and migratory. The Lost Bird Project, a five-piece sculptural work dedicated to extinct birds, is showcased in this garden. When trees die in this habitat, they are transformed into architectural designs to create housing for birds and other small animals in the garden.
Victory Garden, located at the National Museum of American History, is a recreation of the victory gardens during World War II. These gardens were used to ensure adequate sources of food for soldiers and civilians during war times. Governments and communities came together to grow community and personal gardens. Throughout the spring and summer the goal was to produce enough fruits and vegetables to feed your family and neighbors through the warmer months and can the rest to sustain families through the winters.
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