As summer draws to a close, one of Smithsonian Gardens’ newest staff members, Phil Evich, shares his thoughts and observations from time he spent rotating through each of the Smithsonian gardens and landscapes earlier this season. This is Part 1 of Phil’s Annual Adventure. Continue reading An Annual Adventure at Smithsonian Gardens
A rose by any other name would still get blight, black spot and aphids. Horticulturist Shelley Haskins explains how Smithsonian Gardens is working to grow a kinder, gentler rose. Continue reading June is National Rose Gardening Month
Plant therapy is the perfect panacea for a pandemic. Continue reading Even National Geographic takes advice from Smithsonian Gardens
What better way to spend a sultry summer day than with a stroll down a garden path? Marisa Scalera leads a tour of Smithsonian Gardens’ “Habitat.” Continue reading The secret lives of bees…and birds and dragonflies and grasshoppers and gardeners
Summer’s heat and humidity can make even the most dedicated gardeners wilt a bit and find themselves in need of refreshment. How about some booze with your botany? Cynthia Brown of Smithsonian Gardens shares a few of her favorite herbal cocktails. Continue reading Prune the shrubs? No thanks, we’d rather drink them.
Victorians preserved pressed flowers as keepsakes but you can hardly press an iron garden bench into an album. Nathan Anderson takes us behind the scenes as as the Garden Furnishings collection is digitized. Continue reading How does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockleshells and pixels all in a row.
Humans aren’t the only ones who enjoy snuggling up in a winter retreat during the coldest months. Horticulturist Janet Draper shows us how to help even the garden’s tiniest inhabitants spend the winter in style. Continue reading As snug as a bug in a…posh four-star insect hotel
February 29, 1976. Horticulture Services becomes an official Smithsonian museum office, rather than a grounds maintenance group. They still have to cut the grass and trim the shrubs, though. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: February 29, 1976
Spring is finally here (at least according to the equinox), so what better time to celebrate the history, art and science of gardening? Grace Costantino digs deep into some fertile ground for this history of home gardening. Continue reading Garden Stories: A celebration of gardening
The cherry blossoms may be past their peak, but here’s your chance to take a stroll with Secretary Clough and learn more about our beautiful Smithsonian Gardens. Continue reading Spring has sprung at Smithsonian Gardens