Smithsonian Gardens enriches the Smithsonian experience through exceptional gardens, horticultural exhibits, collections, and education. Established in 1972 to maintain the museum grounds, Smithsonian Gardens extends the museum experience in a public garden setting, inspiring visitors with innovative displays and educating them about horticulture, plants, the natural environment, and artistic design. The many gardens that surround the Smithsonian museums along the National Mall act as “outdoor museums,” designed to complement the museums they border.
In addition to maintaining more than 180 acres of gardens, landscapes and grounds, Smithsonian Gardens operates a 64,000-square-foot off-site greenhouse facility where thousands of annual and perennial plants for the Smithsonian gardens are grown.
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