🌷 We could all use some flowers. So for today’s tour, we’re going outside to explore the grounds and greenhouses on the Gallery’s campus! While we’re closed, our horticulture team is still working hard to maintain our grounds. Cindy Kaufmann, the Gallery’s chief of horticulture, shared these photos of blooms around the Gallery’s campus from a visit earlier this week.
Floral arrangements have welcomed visitors to the Gallery since our founding in 1941. The design for the West Building by John Russell Pope included gardens as an important element of the museum. The horticulture department’s work is essential to the experience of the Gallery—their special touch provides a quiet respite in the East and West Garden Courts, a stunning seasonal floral display around the Rotunda, and a beautiful landscape to explore in the Sculpture Garden.
Learn more about the Gallery’s horticulture department by watching this 2017 lecture with Cindy Kaufmann: go.usa.gov/xvYag and follow along each day during our temporary closure as we take you on a tour, gallery by gallery.