Cultivating America’s Gardens

Mariemont, Newport, Rhode Island, 1920s Archives of American Gardens, Garden Club of America Collection

Americans have been making gardens forever, constantly innovating and experimenting as they work the soil. Amateurs and professionals, young and old, schoolchildren and scientists — Americans of every sort have put their backs into gardening. And for a variety of motives: beauty, food, science, prestige.

American garden-making has evolved over time, shaped by history, social attitudes, the environment, and new ideas. Illustrating this history with books and other materials from their vast holdings, the Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian Gardens take us on a special kind of garden tour.

Visit The Exhibition

HOURS: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

(summer hours may vary)

Smithsonian Libraries Exhibition Gallery
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 1 West
14th St and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

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A Smithsonian Libraries, Smithsonian Gardens and Archives of American Gardens exhibition.

Cultivating America's Gardens is made possible through the generous support of:
The Burpee Foundation, Inc.

“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens...they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.”

– Thomas Jefferson