The Smithsonian Gardens main office will be closed on Monday, February 15th in observation of Presidents’ Day.
Become a Tour Guide for Smithsonian Gardens
We’re looking for volunteer tour guides! SG plans to offer volunteer-led weekly public tours and/or scheduled group tours in the Haupt Garden this May through September. We’re also exploring offering volunteer-led tours in the Butterfly Garden (soon to be revamped and rechristened as the Pollinator Garden). If you are interested in leading tours in either garden, please contact Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This Week on SG Social Media – An Exploration of the Fringe: What’s Blooming in the Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection
Winter is an awesome time of year in the Smithsonian Gardens greenhouses because there are so many wonderful orchids in bloom! Julie, our living collections specialist, shared a post about a few of tiny, fringed orchids blooming now in our collection. Find out why fringe is still in style for these beauties on the Smithsonian Gardens blog.
Message from the Secretary: Smithsonian Reorganization
Secretary Skorton announced a reorganization of the Smithsonian Institution last Friday. Click here to see the memo for more details and a link to the Smithsonian’s new official organizational chart.
Public Talk and Book Signing – Libby Haight O’Connell, The History of Chocolate – Friday, February 12 at 2 pm
How did heart-shaped chocolates become a Valentine’s Day staple? Join the National Museum of American History for a special presentation on the history of chocolate with author and historian Libby O’Connell. Learn more about the origins and rise of chocolate from a colonial drink to king of the candy aisle. Libby will also sign copies of her book, The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites. The book and American Heritage Historic Chocolate products will also available for purchase. Smithsonian employees and volunteers receive a 20% discount on the book. Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza (1 West) NMAH.
Special Smithsonian Lecture: Forensic Science, Organized Crime, and the Illegal Ivory Trade – Friday, February 12 at Noon
Samuel Wasser, Director of the Center for Conservation Biology at the University of Washington and Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution will share new ways that scientific research is helping address the global challenge of wildlife crime. RSVP required. See the event flyer for location and additional information.
Castle Lecture Series: Hunting Marine Parasites with Genomics – Wednesday, February 17 at Noon
Katrina Lohan, biologist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, explains how, though individually small and often inconspicuous, marine parasites can have a profound and subtle impacts on individuals, populations, and entire ecosystems. Advances in genomics technology have revolutionized our understanding of marine parasites, allowing researcher to explore the astounding breadth of diversity, and to examine the functional mechanisms that control parasitism and disease. See the event flyer for location and other details.
National Park Adventure 3D opening at the Johnson IMAX Theater (NMNH)
Explore the wilds of America and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service in this giant screen film as big as the outdoors. National Parks Adventure is an awe-inspiring visual and musical journey in immersive IMAX® 3D cinematography that takes viewers into other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor playgrounds. For trailer and show times see http://www.si.edu/imax. SI badge holders can see any one (1) free daytime (excluding feature-length) film per week at any of the Smithsonian Theaters; an unlimited number of friends and family tickets may be purchased in person at the staff rate of $6.50.
Smithsonian Botanical Symposium – “Bats, Bees, Birds, Butterflies and Bouquets: New Research in Pollination Biology” – May 20
The 14th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, hosted by the Department of Botany and the United States Botanic Garden, will highlight current research in pollination biology, from plant physiology and ecology to evolution and animal behavior. New approaches to the study of plant-animal interactions may provide promise to safeguard biodiversity both here in the U.S. and around the world. The invited speakers will cover a wide range of approaches to illustrate the challenges in plant-pollinator relationships in a rapidly changing world. For program information, speakers and free registration visit http://botany.si.edu/sbs/
- Friday, February 12 at noon – Special Smithsonian Lecture: Forensic Science, Organized Crime, and the Illegal Ivory Trade
- Friday, February 12 at 2 pm – Public Talk and Book Signing – Libby Haight O’Connell, The History of Chocolate
- Monday, February 15 – the Smithsonian Gardens main office closed in observance of Washington’s Birthday
- Wednesday, February 17 at 8:30 a.m. – In-Service Training with Rodney Eason and Local Public Gardens
- Wednesday, February 17 at 12 noon – Castle Lecture Series: Hunting Marine Parasites with Genomics
- Friday, May 20 – Smithsonian Botanical Symposium 2016 – “Bats, Bees, Birds, Butterflies and Bouquets: New Research in Pollination Biology”