Weekly Update – February 11, 2016

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 gardenvolunteers@si.edu for more information.

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Bulbophyllum saltatorum var. albociliatum

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/

Upcoming Events

  • 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”

 

Weekly Update – February 4, 2016

Community of Gardens Story Drive in Purcellville, VA this Saturday, February 6 at 2 p.m.

cogcollage_purcellvilleBring your photos and memories of gardens, family farms, and orchards to the first-ever Community of Gardens story drive at Purcellville Public Library. We’ll be scanning photos and saving personal stories of gardens and their importance in American life. Your story can be a part of our Community of Gardens online archive (www.comunityofgardens.si.edu). For more information on the event and location visit the event announcement. Please help us spread the word!

Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Garden Maintenance Volunteers – DEADLINE TOMORROW

Smithsonian Gardens is now accepting applications for 2016 garden maintenance volunteers (click here for more information). Please share with anyone who may be interested and direct questions about the opportunity to gardenvolunteers@si.edu. Deadline for applications is Friday, February 5.

Smithsonian Gardens 2016 Winter In-Service Training

Smithsonian Gardens’ in-service training series continues each Wednesday through February 17. Remember to register for the sessions you would like to attend through the session email invitation you receive two weeks prior to each session. In-service events are free to Smithsonian Gardens’ volunteers, but registration is required. If you would like to attend a session but have not received the registration link, please email gardens@si.edu.

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Slides in our Archives of American Gardens collections before and after archival TLC.

This Week on SG Social Media: #ArchivesShelfie Day

Friday was #ArchivesShelfie day on Twitter. The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art started this clever play on the “selfie” photo and asked archives around the world to share “shelfies,” or pictures of their collection shelves, on social media to raise awareness of the importance of archives. This year, Smithsonian Gardens shared some behind-the-scenes looks at how we store our Archives of American Gardens collections. You can see Smithsonian Gardens’ archives shelfies on Twitter at http://ow.ly/XX9yQ, http://ow.ly/XX9GC, and http://ow.ly/XX9J1.

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/

Event of Interest: U.S. Botanic Garden Production Facility Open House

USBG will host its annual production facility open house on Saturday, March 12. Register online for one of the open house times to get a brief orientation to the facility, meet the gardeners, ask questions, and wander through this working wonderland of plants. Please note: Limit of 50 people per entry time. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. No registrations will be taken at the door. The Open House ends at 2:30 p.m. For registration/tickets, visit https://www.usbg.gov/events/2015/12/18/us-botanic-garden-production-facility-open-house-2016

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. Click here 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. Click here for location and details.

Upcoming Events

Weekly Update – January 28, 2016

Community of Gardens Story Drive in Purcellville, VA, Saturday, February 6 at 2 p.m.

cogcollage_purcellvilleBring your photos and memories of gardens, family farms, and orchards to the first-ever Community of Gardens story drive at Purcellville Public Library. We’ll be scanning photos and saving personal stories of gardens and their importance in American life. Your story can be a part of our Community of Gardens online archive (www.comunityofgardens.si.edu). For more information on the event and location see the event announcement. Please help us spread the word!

Gardens Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Garden Maintenance Volunteers

SG is now accepting applications for 2016 garden maintenance volunteers (click here for more information). Please share with anyone who may be interested and direct questions about the opportunity to gardenvolunteers@si.edu. Deadline for applications is next Friday, February 5.

Smithsonian Gardens 2016 Winter In-Service Training

Smithsonian Gardens’ in-service training series continues each Wednesday through February 17. Remember to register for the sessions you would like to attend through the session email invitation you receive two weeks prior to each session. In-Service events are free to Smithsonian Gardens’ volunteers, but registration is required. If you would like to attend a session but have not received the registration link, please email gardens@si.edu.

Reminder: Update Your Volunteer Hours in EVANS

Please take a moment to update your volunteer hours in EVANS. Smithsonian Gardens will be pulling 2015 annual report totals next week. You can also email hours worked to Alison at gardenvolunteers@si.edu for entry into EVANS.

This Week on SG Social Media: SNOW!

Blizzard 2016 Jonas 1-22-16 Gagliardi (74)Snow, snow, and more snow! That’s what it looked like around our gardens this weekend. The Smithsonian Gardens worked hard to clear walkways and monitor trees throughout the storm. In fact, many staff members slept in our main office through the storm. You can see some of the great photos in this collection of posts from Smithsonian Gardens’ Twitter and Instagram accounts – http://sfy.co/d0tdG

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/

Event of Interest: U.S. Botanic Garden Production Facility Open House

USBG will host its annual production facility open house on Saturday, March 12. The complex in Southwest DC includes 85,000 square feet under glass, divided into 34 greenhouse bays and 16 environmental zones. Register online for one of the open house times to get a brief orientation to the facility, meet the gardeners, ask questions, and wander through this working wonderland of plants. Please note: Limit of 50 people per entry time. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. No registrations will be taken at the door. The Open House ends at 2:30 p.m. For registration/tickets, visit https://www.usbg.gov/events/2015/12/18/us-botanic-garden-production-facility-open-house-2016

Castle Lecture Series: A Brief History of Conservation Genomics – January 28 at Noon

Warren E. Johnson, research scientist with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, will speak at the next event in the Biodiversity Genomics Castle Lecture Series on Thursday, January 28 at noon in the Castle Library (3rd Floor, West Wing). Johnson will share about the link between Smithsonian initiatives and conservation as well as how conservation genomics promises to provide crucial insights on some our most pressing environmental and biological needs. Free. Click here to see the event flyer.

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, January 28 at noon – Castle Lecture Series: A Brief History of Conservation Genomics with Warren E. Johnson
  • Wednesday, February 3 at 8: 30 a.m. – In-Service Training with Claire Sawyers and Ellen Zachos
  • Friday, February 5 – Application deadline for new Garden Maintenance Volunteers
  • Saturday, February 6 at 2 p.m. – Community of Gardens story collection workshop with the Purcellville Public Library
  • Wednesday, February 10 at 8:30 a.m. – In-Service Training with Mary Pat Matheson and Carey Lundin
  • 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
  • Friday, May 20 – Smithsonian Botanical Symposium 2016 – “Bats, Bees, Birds, Butterflies and Bouquets: New Research in Pollination Biology”

Weekly Update – January 21, 2016

Reminder: Inclement Weather and Smithsonian Operating Status

When emergency weather conditions occur, the Smithsonian may close its offices and/or museums, open at a delayed time, or dismiss staff and volunteers from their assignments early. If you are schedule to volunteer during a severe weather event, please check the Smithsonian’s operating status before leaving home. You can do so by visiting www.alerts.si.edu or calling the Smithsonian’s 24-hour recorded information alert line at (202) 633-8100. If our offices and Greenhouse remain open but you do not feel safe attempting to travel, please stay home and notify your volunteer supervisor.  Click here for more information on the Smithsonian operating status decision-making process.

CANCELED: Saturday Community of Gardens Story Drive in Purcellville, VA

The Community of Gardens story drive kickoff event this Saturday, January 23rd has been canceled due to the approaching storm. The program will be merged with the story collection event scheduled at the Purcellville Library on Saturday, February 6 at 2 p.m. For more information on the February event check out the event announcement.

Gardens Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Garden Maintenance Volunteers

SG is now accepting applications for 2016 garden maintenance volunteers (click here for more information). Please share with anyone who may be interested and direct questions about the opportunity to gardenvolunteers@si.edu. Deadline for applications is February 5.

This Week on SG Social Media: It’s Squirrel Appreciation Day!

warrensears_squirrel-squareLove them or loath them, squirrels are regular backyard visitors for many of us. While they are hard to miss in our gardens, you may be surprised to learn that a few of these furry friends also reside in our archives. This friendly (or hungry?) squirrel on the Harvard University campus is part of the Thomas Warren Sears Collection in our Archives of American Gardens. You can see him on our Facebook page or visit the online catalog page for this photo.

Event of Interest: U.S. Botanic Garden Production Facility Open House

USBG will host its annual production facility open house on Saturday, March 12. The complex in Southwest DC includes 85,000 square feet under glass, divided into 34 greenhouse bays and 16 environmental zones. Register online for one of the open house times to get a brief orientation to the facility, meet the gardeners, ask questions, and wander through this working wonderland of plants. Please note: Limit of 50 people per entry time. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. No registrations will be taken at the door. The Open House ends at 2:30 p.m. For registration/tickets, visit https://www.usbg.gov/events/2015/12/18/us-botanic-garden-production-facility-open-house-2016

Castle Lecture Series: A Brief History of Conservation Genomics – January 28 at Noon

Warren E. Johnson, research scientist with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, will speak at the next event in the Biodiversity Genomics Castle Lecture Series on Thursday, January 28 at noon in the Castle Library (3rd Floor, West Wing). Johnson will share about the link between Smithsonian initiatives and conservation as well as how conservation genomics promises to provide crucial insights on some our most pressing environmental and biological needs. Free. Click here to see the event flyer.

 Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, January 23 at 2 p.m. – Community of Gardens story drive kick-off with the Purcellville Library
  • Wednesday, January 27 at 8:30 a.m. – In-Service Training with Dan Benarcik and Mark Hirsch
  • Thursday, January 28 at noon – Castle Lecture Series: A Brief History of Conservation Genomics with Warren E. Johnson
  • Wednesday, February 3 at 8: 30 a.m. – In-Service Training with Claire Sawyers and Ellen Zachos
  • Saturday, February 6 at 2 p.m. – Community of Gardens story collection workshop with the Purcellville Public Library
  • Wednesday, February 10 at 8:30 a.m. – In-Service Training with Mary Pat Matheson and Carey Lundin
  • 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

Weekly Update – January 14, 2016

The Smithsonian Gardens office will be closed on Monday, January 18th in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

Smithsonian Gardens 2016 Winter In-Service Training

The registration email for the first in-service training on Wednesday, January 27th went out on Monday. In-Service events are free to Smithsonian Gardens volunteers, but RSVPs are required through this email. If you would like to attend and did not receive the registration link, please email gardens@si.edu.

Smithsonian Gardens Brown Bag: Janet Draper’s Travel Grant Report

Janet, SG’s Ripley Garden horticulturist, will be sharing highlights from her recent professional development trip during a brown bag lunch at the SG Capital Gallery Office (3rd floor, 600 Maryland Ave SW) on Friday, January 15th at 11:30 am. Join us to hear how a 7-day trip to more than 10 gardens left Janet incredibly inspired.

Community of Gardens Story Drive in Purcellville, VA

Smithsonian Gardens will host its first story drive for the Community of Gardens project in partnership with the Purcellville Library in Purcellville, VA. Join us for a kick-off event on Saturday, January 23 at 2 p.m. and a story capture event on Saturday, February 6 at 2 p.m. For more information, check out the event announcement. Please help us get the word out if you have any family or friends in the area!

Gardens Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Garden Maintenance Volunteers

SG is now accepting applications for 2016 garden maintenance volunteers (click here for more information). Please share with anyone who may be interested and direct questions about the opportunity to gardenvolunteers@si.edu. Deadline for applications is February 5.

This Week on SG Social Media: An Iconic Avian Visits Smithsonian Gardens

flamingo-si-castleWe had a holiday visitor to Smithsonian Gardens – no, not the bearded one in a red suit, but a small hot-pink friend that decided to escape from our storage facilities in Maryland to see the sights in Washington, D.C. Find out a little about the origin of the pink lawn flamingo and Smithsonian Gardens’ traveling exhibition, Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard, in our new blog post.

 

Castle Lecture Series: A Brief History of Conservation Genomics – January 28 at Noon

Warren E. Johnson, research scientist with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, will speak at the next event in the Biodiversity Genomics Castle Lecture Series on Thursday, January 28 at noon in the Castle Library (3rd Floor, West Wing). Johnson will share about the link between Smithsonian initiatives and conservation as well as how conservation genomics promises to provide crucial insights on some our most pressing environmental and biological needs. Free. Click here to see the event flyer for more information.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, January 18 – the Smithsonian Gardens main office closed in observance of the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Friday, January 15 at 11:30 am – Janet Draper Travel Grant Presentation in Smithsonian Gardens main conference room
  • Saturday, January 23 at 2 p.m. – Community of Gardens story drive kick-off with the Purcellville Library
  • Wednesday, January 27 at 8:30 a.m. – In-Service Training with Dan Benarcik and Mark Hirsch
  • Thursday, January 28 at noon – Castle Lecture Series: A Brief History of Conservation Genomics with Warren E. Johnson
  • Wednesday, February 3 at 8: 30 a.m. – In-Service Training with Claire Sawyers and Ellen Zachos
  • Saturday, February 6 at 2 p.m. – Community of Gardens story collection workshop with the Purcellville Public Library
  • Wednesday, February 10 at 8:30 a.m. – In-Service Training with Mary Pat Matheson and Carey Lundin
  • 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

 

Weekly Update – January 7, 2016

Help Spread the Word: Smithsonian Gardens Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Garden Maintenance Volunteers and Garden Interpreters

SG is now accepting applications for 2016 garden maintenance volunteers and garden interpreters (click on the volunteer opportunity titles for more information). Please share with anyone who may be interested and direct questions about the opportunity to gardenvolunteers@si.edu. Deadline for applications is February 5.

Smithsonian Gardens 2016 Winter In-Service Training

Smithsonian Gardens is pleased to announce its lineup for the 2016 Winter In-Service Training Program (see the Upcoming Events section below for speaker details). Registration invitations will be sent out via email two weeks prior to each session so keep an eye on your inbox in mid-January! Please direct in-service questions to gardens@si.edu.

Smithsonian Gardens Brown Bag: Janet Draper’s Travel Grant Report

Janet, SG’s Ripley Garden horticulturist, will be sharing highlights from her recent professional development trip during a brown bag lunch at the SG Capital Gallery Office (3rd floor, 600 Maryland Ave SW) on Friday, January 15th at 11:30 am. Join us to hear how a 7-day trip to more than 10 gardens left Janet incredibly inspired.

 This Week on SG Social Media: Dreaming of Warmer Locals

886389_943630795707274_1104608338137242770_oLet’s take a break from this colder weather & dream of gardens in full bloom in warmer locales . . . in this circa 1920 glass lantern slide of a garden in Palm Beach, Florida, kalanchoe are blooming among the cactus and there is a seagrape shrub in the background. During the winter the leaves turn to all the colors of autumn before they are pushed from the branches by new, waxy, copper-colored leaves which emerge in early spring. ‪This lovely slide is a part of the Archives of American Gardens Collection housed here at Smithsonian Gardens. (AAG catalog link: http://s.si.edu/1ONsoBH)

Community of Gardens Story Drive in Purcellville, VA

Smithsonian Gardens will host its first story drive for the Community of Gardens project in partnership with the Purcellville Library in Purcellville, VA. Join us for a kick-off event on Saturday, January 23 at 2 p.m. and a story capture event on Saturday, February 6 at 2 p.m. For more information, check out the event announcement. Help us get the word out!

Free Health Risk Assessments from Smithsonian Occupational Health Services

Smithsonian Occupational Health Services is offering free, personalized heath risk assessments to staff and volunteers by appointment at the following OHS clinics: National Museum of American History, National Air and Space Museum, Victor Building and National Zoological Park. To make an appointment call 202 633-7990, 202 633-9355 or 202 633-2222.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, January 18 – the Smithsonian Gardens main office closed in observance of the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Friday, January 15 at 11:30 am – Janet Draper’s Travel Grant Presentation
  • Saturday, January 23 at 2 p.m. – Community of Gardens story drive kick-off with the Purcellville Library
  • Wednesday, January 27 at 8:30 a.m. – In-Service Training with Dan Benarcik and Mark Hirsch
  • Wednesday, February 3 at 8: 30 a.m. – In-Service Training with Claire Sawyers and Ellen Zachos
  • Saturday, February 6 at 2 p.m. – Community of Gardens story collection workshop with the Purcellville Public Library
  • Wednesday, February 10 at 8:30 a.m. – In-Service Training with Mary Pat Matheson and Carey Lundin
  • 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

 

Weekly Update – December 29, 2015

The Smithsonian Gardens main office will be closed Friday, January 1 in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday.

Help Spread the Word: Smithsonian Gardens Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Garden Maintenance Volunteers

SG is now accepting applications for 2016 garden maintenance volunteers. Click here for more information or to apply. Please share with anyone who may be interested and direct questions about the opportunity to gardenvolunteers@si.edu. Deadline for applications is February 5.

Smithsonian Gardens 2016 Winter In-Service Training

Smithsonian Gardens is pleased to announce its lineup for the 2016 Winter In-Service Training Program (see the Upcoming Events section below for speaker details). Registration invitations will be sent out via email two weeks prior to each session so keep an eye on your inbox in mid-January! Please direct in-service questions to gardens@si.edu.

This Week on SG Social Media: A New Addition to the Enid A. Haupt Garden

Smithsonian Gardens is happy to announce a new addition to our Enid A. Haupt Garden. The unique curves of this urn, designed by David Renfroe, compliment the plantings in our Moongate Garden.

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Giant Panda Cub Preview – Monday, January 4, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

bei-bei-viewing-1.4.2016Smithsonian staff and volunteers are invited to be the first group of visitors to see the Smithsonian’s newest giant panda cub, Bei Bei, and his mother venture out of their den. Come by the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda House at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on Monday, January 4, 2016 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to join in the fun. SPACE IS LIMITED and you MUST bring your SI badge to enter. To allow space for everyone, please limit your group to your immediate family with a maximum of 4 people per group. Click the flyer to the right for more important information on the event and on the Zoo photography policy.

Special IMAX Star Wars Screening for Smithsonian Staff and Volunteers

Smithsonian Enterprises is pleased to announce two special screenings of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens for staff, volunteers, and their friends/family in the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater at 8:30 am on the mornings of January 5th and 6th.  Admission will be at the reduced rate of $12 per ticket. Tickets are first come, first serve, and can be purchased at any IMAX or Planetarium box office location.  There is no limit to the number of tickets individual staff may purchase for their friends and family.

Free Health Risk Assessments from Smithsonian Occupational Health Services

Smithsonian Occupational Health Services is offering free, personalized heath risk assessments to staff and volunteers by appointment at the following OHS clinics: National Museum of American History, National Air and Space Museum, Victor Building and National Zoological Park. To make an appointment call 202 633-7990, 202 633-9355 or 202 633-2222.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, January 1 – the Smithsonian Gardens main office closed in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday
  • Monday, January 18 – the Smithsonian Gardens main office closed in observance of the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Saturday, January 23 at 2 p.m. – Community of Gardens story drive kick-off with the Purcellville Library (more information coming soon)
  • Wednesday, January 27 at 8:30 a.m. – In-Service Training with Dan Benarcik and Mark Hirsch
  • Wednesday, February 3 at 8: 30 a.m. – In-Service Training with Claire Sawyers and Ellen Zachos
  • Saturday, February 6 at 2 p.m. – Community of Gardens story collection workshop with the Purcellville Public Library (more information coming soon)
  • Wednesday, February 10 at 8:30 a.m. – In-Service Training with Mary Pat Matheson and Carey Lundin
  • 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

 

Weekly Update – December 17, 2015

Smithsonian offices will close at noon on Thursday, December 24th and will remain closed on Friday, December 25th. Alison will be out of the office December 23-25 so there will not be an email update next week.

Help Spread the Word: Smithsonian Gardens Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Garden Maintenance Volunteers

SG is now accepting applications for 2016 garden maintenance volunteers. Click here for more information or to apply. Please share with anyone who may be interested and direct questions about the opportunity to gardenvolunteers@si.edu. Deadline for applications is February 5.

2016 In-Service Training Dates and Speakers Announced

You should have received an email announcing the speakers for Smithsonian Gardens’ 2016 in-service training series (January 27, February 2, 10, and 17). The series will be held in the Rasmuson Theater at the National Museum of the American Indian. If you did not receive this email, please let Alison know. Also, please note that the Smithsonian Gardens Winter In-Service Training Program is not open to the general public. Registration is for staff and volunteers of public gardens only.

SG20151211_017Kogod Courtyard Lights

Something magical is going on over in the Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. This year the courtyard’s trees look festive with a wrapping of holiday lights and accompanying red poinsettias and white orchids. Stop by the courtyard for a cup of coffee and some holiday cheer.


New on Display: Darwin’s Orchid

christmas orchidThe SG orchid and interiors teams worked together this week to display several new orchids in our cases at the National Museum of American History including a Angraecum sesquipedale, also known as Darwin’s orchid or the Christmas star orchid. Orchid specialist Tom Mirenda wrote a blog on this interesting specimen that will be available on Friday. Visit the Smithsonian Gardens’ blog tomorrow to check it out and stop by NMAH to see Darwin’s orchid before to goes back to the greenhouse next week.

 

U.S. United States Botanical Garden Holiday Exhibition – Pollination Station

1_banner_small-300x304Holiday cheer abounds at the U.S. Botanic Garden! Explore Pollination Station, USBG’s pollination-themed holiday exhibition, to see one of the largest indoor decorated trees in D.C., a showcase of poinsettias, and a collection of oversized flowers, bees, and butterflies in this year’s scenic wonderland. Admission is free. For more information and hours visit http://www.usbg.gov/plan-your-holiday-visit

Free Health Risk Assessments from Smithsonian Occupational Health Services

If you want to protect your health, feel better, and have a happy holiday season, maintaining a healthy weight is worth the effort. The key is to develop a plan that will take you through the holiday season and beyond. Occupational Health Services can get you started by providing a personalized Health Risk Assessment.  We can coach you on weight loss/maintenance, provide screenings for diabetes, elevated cholesterol levels, risk for heart disease, a body composition analysis (segmental lean body mass and body fat mass) and body water balance. Appointments are offered at the following OHS clinics: National Museum of American History, National Air and Space Museum, Victor Building and National Zoological Park. To make an appointment call: 202 633-7990, 202 633-9355 or 202 633-2222.

Food Friday and Book Signing: A Holiday Double Feature at the National Museum of American History

This Friday, December 18 NMAH be baking for the holidays. Chef Bednar of the NMAH Stars and Stripes Café will take visitors through the steps to create a show-stopping buche de noel. Former White House Pasty Chef Roland Mesnier will also join the event to share his experiences at the White House and all over the world. Mesnier will sign copies of his books, The White House in Gingerbread and A Sweet World of White House Desserts. For more information download the event flyer.

Upcoming Events

  • December 18 – Food Friday at the National Museum of American History
  • December 24 – Smithsonian Gardens office closes at noon
  • December 25 – Smithsonian Gardens main office closed
  • January 1 – Smithsonian Garden main office closed

Weekly Update – December 10, 2015

 

Smithsonian Gardens Updates

You’re Invited to a Gnome-tastic Holiday Potluck – Friday,
December 11 from 12-3 pm

gnomeJoin Smithsonian Gardens staff, volunteers, and friends for a garden gnome-themed open house on Friday, December 11 from 12 to 3 pm at the SG main office (Suite 3300, 600 Maryland Ave SW). Please bring a main, side, or dessert to share. Significant others and friends are welcome as well!

Information Security Awareness Training Requirement – DEADLINE DECEMBER 15

The deadline for completing the mandatory Information Security Awareness Training (ISAT) to December 15, 2015. All volunteers who do not have a @si.edu email address must complete this training. Click here for step-by-step instructions for the online training. If you would like to complete a paper version of the training at the Smithsonian Gardens office please contact Alison at gardenvolunteers@si.edu or 202-633-5692 to set up an appointment.

Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Garden Maintenance Volunteers

SG is now accepting applications for several 2016 garden maintenance volunteer positions. Click here for more information or to apply. Please share with anyone who may be interested. Deadline for applications is February 5 and direct questions about the opportunity to gardenvolunteers@si.edu.

2016 In-Service Training Dates and Speakers Announced

You should have received an email this past week announcing the speakers for Smithsonian Gardens’ 2016 in-service training series (January 27, February 2, 10, and 17). The series will be held in the Rasmuson Theater at the National Museum of the American Indian. If you did not receive this email, please let Alison know. Also, please note that the Smithsonian Gardens Winter In-Service Training Program is not open to the general public. Registration is for staff and volunteers of public gardens only.

 

This Week on SG Social Media: Color in the Haupt Garden

Fall leaves (Ginkgo) meets winter interest ( Ilex verticillata)The Ginkgo biloba’s distinctive fan-shaped leaves turn a vibrant yellow in the fall. This shot captures both the Ginkgo’s leaves and the bright red Ilex verticillata berries installed in urns around the Enid A. Haupt Garden parterre as part of the garden’s winter interest display.

Around the Smithsonian

Smithsonian Book Sales – Smithsonian American Art Museum Holiday Book Sale (Friday, December 11) and Smithsonian AA/PG Library Annual Art, History & Biography Book Sale (December 9-11) at the Victor Building

The American Art Publication Department will hold its annual holiday book sale in the Victor Building Rotunda (750 9th Street NW, Washington, DC) on December 11 from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. Receive up to 65% off current and blacklist titles published by the museum, including exhibition catalogues, permanent collection publications, and children’s books (cash, check or credit card). In the same building the Smithsonian AA/PG Library will be holding its annual sale of new and lightly used books at deep discounts in the Victor Building’s American Art & Portrait Galley Library Wednesday-Friday, December 9-11 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (cash or check only).

Castle Lecture Series – Not TOO Much Life: The Global Genome Initiative

The next talk in the Smithsonian Consortia’s monthly Castle Lecture Series will be Tuesday, December 15 at noon in the Castle Library. Jonathan Coddington, Director of the Global Genome Initiative, will speak on the accomplishments of the Initiative to date as well as share and discuss its plans for the future. Click here to see the event flyer..

Wegmans Wonderplace Now Open at National Museum of American History

On Wednesday, December 9th the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History opened “Wegmans Wonderplace,” the first gallery on the National Mall designed for children 0 to 6. The center, located in the museum’s new Innovation Wing, provides the youngest historians with age-appropriate activities and experiences. If you have a youngster in your life this is a must-see addition to the Smithsonian. For more information visit http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/wonderplace

Upcoming Events

  • December 11 from 12 to 3 pm – Smithsonian Gardens Holiday Potluck at the SG main office
  • December 11 from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm – American Art Holiday Book Sale at the Victory Building (750 9th Street NW)
  • December 15 – Information Security Awareness Training (ISAT) deadline. Click here for instructions.
  • December 15 – Holiday Wreath Making with SG horticulturist Christine Price-Abelow (ticked event through Smithsonian Associates)
  • December 25 – Smithsonian Gardens main office closed
  • January 1 – Smithsonian Garden main office closed

Weekly Updates – December 3, 2015

Gnome invitation-PotluckYou’re Invited to a Gnome-tastic Holiday Potluck – Friday, December 11 from 12-3 pm

Join Smithsonian Gardens staff, volunteers, and friends for a garden gnome-themed open house on Friday, December 11 from 12 to 3 pm at the SG main office (Suite 3300, 600 Maryland Ave SW). Please bring a main, side, or dessert to share. Significant others and friends are welcome as well! Click on the image to the right to see the event invitation.

 Information Security Awareness Training Requirement – DEADLINE DECEMBER 15

The deadline for completing the mandatory Information Security Awareness Training (ISAT) to December 15, 2015. All volunteers who do not have a @si.edu email address must complete this training. Click here for step-by-step instructions for the online training. If you would like to complete a paper version of the training at the Smithsonian Gardens office please contact Alison at gardenvolunteers@si.edu or 202-633-5692 to set up an appointment.

Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Garden Maintenance Volunteers

SG is now accepting applications for several 2016 garden maintenance volunteer positions. Click here for more information or to apply. Please share with anyone who may be interested. Deadline for applications is February 5 and direct questions about the opportunity to gardenvolunteers@si.edu.

Smithsonian Employee (and Volunteer) Sale Ends Sunday

Shop for great holiday gifts at any of the Smithsonian Retail Stores now through Sunday, December 6th to take advantage of an additional 10% discount, totally a 30% discount for all Smithsonian badge holders. Some exclusions apply: Discount cannot be combined with any other discount; extra 10% not valid on single item purchases over $300; Discount only applies to Smithsonian Enterprises Retail Shops (excludes American Art Museum, Portrait Gallery, National Zoo, Cooper Hewitt and online/catalog orders).

Smithsonian Staff Group Photo at the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington, D.C., June 30, 2015

2015 SI Staff Photo is Here!

The SI-wide staff photo many of us participated in this past July is ready. The photo was so large, 300 feet across, that it was impossible for a single lens to capture it. Smithsonian photographers digitally assembled 19 photographs into a main composite image over the last several months. If you would like a higher-resolution copy of the photo please let Alison know.

Smithsonian Holiday Festival – This Saturday and Sunday (December 5-6)

Ring in holiday cheer on the National Mall December 5th and 6th, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm each day with the annual Smithsonian Holiday Festival! This special weekend features a calendar of events that gets visitors in the holiday spirit with musical performances, children’s activities, trunk shows, food samplings, book signings, and more! Visit www.si.edu/events/holiday to view what’s happening at participating museums.

NASM-1(2015)-instagramThis Week on SG Social Media:

Our staff and volunteers have been busy creating holiday magic around the Smithsonian. Next time you come to the National Mall be sure to check out the beautiful holiday trees they’ve created at the National Air and Space Museum (pictured), the National Museum of American History, and the Smithsonian Castle. For more about how Smithsonian Gardens preps for the holiday season visit our blog: http://ow.ly/UYl7y

Upcoming Events

  • December 5 & 6 – Smithsonian Holiday Festival
  • December 8 – Holiday Wreath Making – SOLD OUT with SG horticulturist Christine Price-Abelow (ticked event through Smithsonian Associates)
  • December 11 from 12 to 3pm – Smithsonian Gardens Holiday Potluck at the SG main office
  • December 15 – Information Security Awareness Training (ISAT) deadline. Click here for instructions.
  • December 15 – Holiday Wreath Making with SG horticulturist Christine Price-Abelow (ticked event through Smithsonian Associates)
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