Smithsonian Gardens

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United States of America - District of Columbia - Washington

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International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Smithsonian Gardens

Our mission:
As a vital and vibrant part of the Smithsonian experience, we engage, people with plants and gardens, inform on the roles both play in our cultural and natural worlds, and inspire appreciation and stewardship.

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.

Main Address:
Smithsonian Gardens
MRC 506, P.O. Box 37012
District of Columbia 20013-7012 United States of America

Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Barbara Faust
    Curator's Name: Sarah Hedean, Living Plant Collections Manager
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Sarah Hedean, Living Plant Collections Manager
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 59
    Educational Staff Number: 2
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 6

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1972
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 54 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 18 Hectares
  • Total Area: 72 Hectares
    Latitude: 38.8910073
    Longitude: -77.0290435
    Altitude: 125.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 5016 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Smithsonian Gardens
  • Local Address: 900 Jefferson Dr. SW
  • Locality: City: Washington
  • Locality: State: District of Columbia

Features and Facilities

  • Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 24000000
    Number of Volunteers: 75

Plant Collections

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes