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
Love them or hate them, this year the D.C. metro area is going to encounter a phenomenon that only happens once every 17 years. We will see billions of insects – more specifically, cicadas – crowding our region for a four-to-six-week period in the late spring through early summer. Horticulturist Holly Walker explains this creepy-crawly phenomenon. Continue reading Brood X: The cicadas are coming!
The largest and most colorful cherry blossoms in the history of the National Cherry Blossom Festival have appeared across the Washington, D.C., area several weeks before the peak bloom. Continue reading Art in Bloom
Each spring, tourists ooh and ahh over the cherry trees blooming in the Enid A. Haupt Garden. Except no. Continue reading The difference between cherry blossoms and saucer magnolias
Plant therapy is the perfect panacea for a pandemic. Continue reading Even National Geographic takes advice from Smithsonian Gardens
A lifelong gardener, Beth Py-Lieberman also tends a plot at an urban community park and garden near her Maryland home. She reflects on the perspective she has gained nurturing it during a tumultuous and often terrible year. Continue reading Ten things my garden taught me in 2020
Reopening Update; Smithsonian Gardens and the the Hirshhorn’s Sculpture Garden will reopen to the public Monday, August 17. Continue reading Message from the Secretary: Reopening Update
On April 22, 1970, Americans pledged environmental action for the planet. Smithsonian magazine reports on what our scientists and we, the global community, have done since. Continue reading Fifty things we’ve learned about the Earth since the first Earth Day
A few hundred years ago, before the world turned upside down, the Torch interviewed horticulturist Janet Draper. We were most concerned then about the dangers of a late frost on early-blooming tree and flowers, but we have since learned that nature takes each day as it comes—as should we. Continue reading Our Smithsonian: Janet Draper
We may not be able to get out and celebrate spring as we normally would, so please enjoy this virtual tour of the Enid A. Haupt Garden, led by volunteer Janet Hewitt. Continue reading Thank you, Mrs. Haupt.