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Smithsonian Gardens Engage. Inform. Inspire. #SmithsonianGardens Legal: http://s.si.edu/legal Established in 1972 to manage the museum grounds, Smithsonian Gardens extends the Smithsonian’s museum experience in a public garden setting, inspiring visitors with exceptional displays and educating them about horticulture, plants, the natural and built environments, and artistic design.
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Did you know a Christmas tree is not a single type of tree? Christmas trees are many different types of trees, in differ...
12/10/2020

Did you know a Christmas tree is not a single type of tree? Christmas trees are many different types of trees, in different parts of the world! In Europe, the traditional tree for holiday decorating is the Norway spruce, but in the US, we prefer firs. We have both some very large Norway spruce in our collection, and a couple of endangered Korean firs.

Image 1: Picea abies: https://si.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-34422.aspx

Image 2: Abies koreana: https://si.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-34413.aspx

📷: Hannele Lahti, Living Collections Photographer

You may be decking trees with ornaments and tinsel, but this Callicarpa shrub in the @airandspacemuseum garden is bejewe...
12/09/2020

You may be decking trees with ornaments and tinsel, but this Callicarpa shrub in the @airandspacemuseum garden is bejeweled with bright purple berries. And much like the holiday season, these berries will be here and gone before we know it. They’re a favorite treat for all the birds that visit the garden!

📷: Sarah Dickert, Horticulturist

It’s the holiday season at National Museum of American History! Are you decorating for the holiday season? Show us your ...
12/08/2020

It’s the holiday season at National Museum of American History! Are you decorating for the holiday season? Show us your decorations #SGPhotoChallenge

📷:Matt Huber, Horticulturist

Smithsonian Gardens is pleased to announce Joy Columbus as our new Director. Her most recent position was Vice President...
12/07/2020

Smithsonian Gardens is pleased to announce Joy Columbus as our new Director. Her most recent position was Vice President of Horticulture at the Houston Botanic Garden, where she helped oversee construction, set the horticulture priorities, and assembled and managed the horticulture staff for the first botanic garden within the city limits of Houston, Texas. Welcome to our team, Joy!

Lycaste brevispatha is a beautiful orchid found in Central America (Nicaragua to Panama). However, despite it's warm hom...
12/05/2020

Lycaste brevispatha is a beautiful orchid found in Central America (Nicaragua to Panama). However, despite it's warm home, it is actually deciduous so it looses its leaves each winter. An equally unique feature is its fresh apple scent! 🍏

#SmithsonianGardens #Orchid #OurGardensYourHome #LivingCollections #Lycaste

Happy #FlowerFriday!!🌸One of the best parts of gardening is that there is always a new plant to meet or even a whole fam...
12/04/2020

Happy #FlowerFriday!!🌸

One of the best parts of gardening is that there is always a new plant to meet or even a whole family of them. Camellias are a more recent introduction to me after growing up in an area of New England that was too cold to support these beautiful shrubs. This season I am really enjoying the color and variety of the fall-blooming Sasanqua Camellias planted on the east side of the Enid A. Haupt Garden. I took these pictures to share their beauty with you. Currently the heavily flowered pink cultivar ‘Lauren’ pictured first and second is one of my favorites, which do you like the most?

📷: James Gagliardi, Supervisory Horticulturist

Pictured:
(1&2) Camellia sasanqua 'Lauren’
(3) Camellia sasanqua ‘Falling Star’
(4) Camellia sasanqua 'Midnight Ruby'
(5) Camellia sasanqua OCTOBER MAGIC ORCHID
(6) Camellia sasanqua 'Midnight Lover’
(7) Camellia sasanqua 'William Lanier Hunt'
(8) Camellia ‘Winter’s Interlude’
(9) Camellia sasanqua OCTOBER MAGIC INSPIRATION
(10) Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'

#SmithsonianGardens #Smithsonian #EnidAHauptGarden #HauptGarden #Camellia #WinterInterest #FloralFriday #PublicGarden #Horticulture #GardenDC #Garden

Thanks to all who made #GivingTuesday a success. We are very grateful for all your support of our gardens.
12/02/2020

Thanks to all who made #GivingTuesday a success. We are very grateful for all your support of our gardens.

12/02/2020

Sound on for a Moment of Zen!

🎥:James Gagliardi, Supervisory Horticulturist

It’s #GivingTuesday! 💛 Help us grow our collections, education, and gardens- your donation can help us to acquire unique...
12/01/2020

It’s #GivingTuesday! 💛 Help us grow our collections, education, and gardens- your donation can help us to acquire unique orchids, such as this one!

We adore this bright yellow flowering orchid! Zelenkoa onusta was first known to science in 2001. We added this cute orchid to the collection since it is currently the only species in the genus Zelenkoa. The genus is named for Harry Zelenkoa, who illustrated the book “Orchids: The Pictorial Encyclopedia of Oncidum”.

https://gardens.si.edu/support-smithsonian-gardens/

It takes thousands of plants to sustain the Smithsonian's 'outdoor museum', 180+ acres of gardens, landscapes, and green...
12/01/2020

It takes thousands of plants to sustain the Smithsonian's 'outdoor museum', 180+ acres of gardens, landscapes, and greenspace that engage, inform, and inspire millions of visitors to the Smithsonian each year.
Please #SupportYourSmithsonian this #GivingTuesday and help us continue to tell important stories through plants, gardens, programming, and collections.

https://gardens.si.edu/support-smithsonian-gardens/

Among all the green, Mrs. Beese's Phragmipedium (Phragmipedium besseae var. guarumales) definitely gets your attention. ...
11/30/2020

Among all the green, Mrs. Beese's Phragmipedium (Phragmipedium besseae var. guarumales) definitely gets your attention. This warm growing orchid from Ecuador and Peru is used heavily in modern orchid breeding.

📷: Justin Kondrat, Horticulturist

Ready to curl up with some hot tea? ☕️Camellia sinensis, the plant that tea leaves come from, blooms this time of year i...
11/29/2020

Ready to curl up with some hot tea? ☕️

Camellia sinensis, the plant that tea leaves come from, blooms this time of year in the mid-Atlantic.

📷: Erin Clark, Horticulturist

Iris... nope it is a Cymbidium Isle ‘Flamingo Three Lips’! This hybrid is from 1963 and produces peloric flowers, which ...
11/28/2020

Iris... nope it is a Cymbidium Isle ‘Flamingo Three Lips’! This hybrid is from 1963 and produces peloric flowers, which means the flower is different than "normal." This term usually indicates orchids with three lips often creating an orchid that is symmetircal vs. the usual bilateral (mirror image if you cut the flower in half). What do you think of this selection?

📷: Justin Kondrat, Horticulturist

11/27/2020

Opt outside!

The Ginkgos in the Enid A. Haupt Garden are still going strong!

🎥: James Gagliardi, Supervisory Horticulturist

#SmithsonianGardens #Smithsonian #HauptGarden #OptOutside #Ginkgo #GinkgoBiloba #TreeCollection #LivingCollction #PublicGardens #GardenDC #MyDCcool #MomentOfZen #NatureNeverCloses

The fragrance of this yellow beauty is wafting through our greenhouses! Gardenia coronata is a fall to winter blooming g...
11/27/2020

The fragrance of this yellow beauty is wafting through our greenhouses! Gardenia coronata is a fall to winter blooming gardenia so it's not often that visitors get a glimpse of it's impressive show. We're pleased to share it with you virtually...if only we had smell-o-vision too!

📷: Matt Fleming, Horticulturist

Happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful to have all of our followers be a part of our Smithsonian Gardens’ family. ❤️ We ...
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful to have all of our followers be a part of our Smithsonian Gardens’ family. ❤️ We know that many of you will be featuring a pumpkin dish with your meal, but when we went to the pumpkin patch we came home with this orchid for our table. And you might even say that the flowers of Oncostele Catatante ‘Pumpkin Patch’ resembles another iconic Thanksgiving dinner item... 🦃

📷 : Sarah Hedean, Living Collections Manager

"For 6 years now I've gotten myself attached to a beautiful Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera truncata, syn. Zygocactus...
11/25/2020

"For 6 years now I've gotten myself attached to a beautiful Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera truncata, syn. Zygocactus) that I purchased in early 2014 when I moved back to the mainland after living on an island for many years. Since I couldn't bring any of my old plants with me during the move, I was happy to acquire new plants to care for. I had never had a Schlumbergera before and I fell in love with it that first November when I saw its flower buds. As I did some research to familiarize myself with this plant, I found out that even though it is technically a cactus (under the family Cactaceae), its requirements are different of those of a true cactus. It is native to Southeastern Brazil and grows as an epiphyte on trees in moist, tropical forests. It prefers no direct sunlight and more soil moisture and higher humidity than true cacti (good drainage is necessary though). I was fascinated by my new plant so a year after I bought it when I ended up moving to another state, this plant came with me on my road trip. I packed it in a crate and put it in the back of the car where it made the 500-mile trip with me. Houseplants are special in my life since it's great to be surrounded by greenery in an enclosed living space. I was so happy to have my Thanksgiving Cactus from the moment I moved into my new apartment; it instantly gave my apartment a homey feeling. It is now 2020 and my little plant has grown a lot in 6 years. It continues to bloom annually to bring color and smiles to my house." Virginia Thaxton, Horticulturist

#DidYouKnow that the garden at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum is considered a living exhibit? This exhibit c...
11/24/2020

#DidYouKnow that the garden at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum is considered a living exhibit? This exhibit connects the museum with the surrounding neighborhood and environment. The garden was designed with a native plant palette that adapts to the soil, rainfall, climate of the region, and the wildlife.

📷: Hannele Lahti, Living Collections Photographer

During the years 1942-1945, while America was in the midst of World War II, many Americans turned to Victory Gardens to ...
11/23/2020

During the years 1942-1945, while America was in the midst of World War II, many Americans turned to Victory Gardens to supply food for their Thanksgiving and holiday dinners, like the cabbage and salad greens seen here. This year many people again have turned to home gardening in a big way to grow fresh produce to enjoy. Our Victory Garden at the @AmericanHistory Museum celebrates the home vegetable garden during WWII; this year it seems especially poignant. What veggies have you been growing this year? Will any of them be a highlight of your holiday meals? 🥬

📷: Sarah Tietbohl, Horticulturist

Check out THESE fall colors!  It's beginning to cool off outside, but these plants are perfectly content in the balmy co...
11/22/2020

Check out THESE fall colors!

It's beginning to cool off outside, but these plants are perfectly content in the balmy conditions of Smithsonian Gardens’ greenhouses! Tillandsias are members of the bromeliad family: Bromeliaceae. They contain special cells on the surface of their leaves, known as tricomes, that allow them to collect moisture from the air. Most tillandsias are epiphytes, and get their common name, air plant, from the locations in which many of them grow: in the branches and on the bark of trees, on rocks, or any other stationary object that they find the appropriate growing conditions. They make great houseplants for anyone that has a bright location for them to grow and doesn’t mind giving them a little mist (or a dunk in the sink) a few times a week!

📷: Shannon Hill, Horticulturist

11/22/2020

Moment of zen in the Enid A. Haupt Garden as we view the golden glow of the Ginkgos!

🎥: James Gagliardi, Supervisory Horticulturist

The yellow of the Ginkgo in the Enid A. Haupt Garden makes the perfect backdrop for the parterre. 📷: James Gagliardi, Su...
11/21/2020

The yellow of the Ginkgo in the Enid A. Haupt Garden makes the perfect backdrop for the parterre.

📷: James Gagliardi, Supervisory Horticulturist

Our Pond Cypress (Taxodium distichum var. imbricarium) in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is turning copper. T...
11/20/2020

Our Pond Cypress (Taxodium distichum var. imbricarium) in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is turning copper. This relative of the Bald Cypress likes to grow along the edge of the water, sometimes producing ‘root knees.’ The female flower of the Pond Cypress transforms into small round cones that start green in spring, then turn brown in the fall. The male flowers grow on the same tree, but they are clustered on slender, pendulous catkins.

📷: Melinda Whicher, Supervisory Horticulturist

Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo To Close Nov. 23
11/19/2020
Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo To Close Nov. 23

Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo To Close Nov. 23

Due to rising regional and national cases related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, all Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo, will temporarily close to the public starting Monday, Nov. 23. This will impact the eight Smithsonian facilities in the Washington, D.C., region that had reo...

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