“Orchids: Amazing Adaptations,” is now on view at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture. Family Day is April 6, 11:30 a.m. 3 p.m.You will have the opportunity to touch and smell orchids, make a orchid corsage, create a postcard with orchid stamps, pot your own orchid, and more! Continue reading Plan your visit to Orchid Family Day!
March 10, 1987. The Garden Club of America donates its magic lantern slide library to the Smithsonian after the last member willing to view all 65,000 during the monthly meeting retires. We’re guessing. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: March 10, 1987
Escape the winter cold and step into a floral oasis in the Kogod Courtyard with Smithsonian Gardens’ 24th annual orchid exhibition. Continue reading There’s a good reason the annual orchid exhibition opens in February
January 29, 2011. The exhibition “Orchids: A View from the East” examines the role these fascinating and beautiful plants have played in Chinese culture. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: January 29, 2011
James Gagliardi, a self-described “plant geek,” used his knowledge to narrow an international search that resulted in the rescue of an abused and exploited child. Continue reading A humble horticulturist is a secret superhero
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet to Hollis Gentry, especially if it’s blooming beneath a family tree. Continue reading A few of my favorite things: Hollis Gentry
This week we have questions. Questions that need answering. Questions about old hats and wombats. Continue reading ICYMI: Highlights from the week that was Sept. 16 – Sept. 22, 2018
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.
Betty Belanus takes a stroll down the garden path with self-professed “hort nerd” Janet Draper. Continue reading Neither rain, nor snow, nor heat of summer, can stay Janet Draper from her appointed rounds
May 22, 1987. The Enid A. Haupt Garden opens on the south side of the Smithsonian Institution Building. It is named for New York philanthropist Enid Annenberg Haupt, who, coincidentally, contributed $3 million for the garden’s construction. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: May 22, 1987