Weekly Update – September 3, 2015

The Smithsonian Gardens main office will be closed on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day.

Volunteer Continuing Education Session – Tuesday, September 29 from 10 am to 12 pm

Mark your calendar for the next Smithsonian Gardens volunteer continuing education session. We’ll meet in the Room 3035 of the Ripley Center for a tour and discussion of Smithsonian Gardens’ new interior exhibit, “Design for Small Spaces,” with designer Alex Thompson. After the tour we’ll talk about what’s going on out in the gardens and take a look at how our Community of Gardens project is growing. If you can join us, please RSVP to gardenvolunteers@si.edu.

Reminder to Enter hours for August

Please remember to enter your August volunteer hours in EVANS if you have not done so already. If you have trouble entering your hours you can also email them to gardenvolunteers@si.edu for entry.

Food in the Garden –September 17

food-in-the-garden-logoCome enjoy a fascinating look at the past, present, and future of edible garden design at the September 17th Food in the Garden event. This ticketed, evening event is part of the summertime food history series brought to you by the National American Museum of American History and Smithsonian Gardens. All events are located outside in the Victory Garden. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.

Let’s Talk Gardens! – Lunchtime Series in the Haupt Garden Extended through October

Great news! We’re continuing the Let’s Talk Gardens series into the fall season. Next week’s discussion wil lbe on backyard honey bee basics. Stay tuned for more information on dates and topics. In the meantime, mark your calendars for next week’s program on Thursday, September 10 from 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm in the Haupt Garden. http://gardens.si.edu/whats-happening/program-lets-talk-gardens-web-flyer.pdf

New Smithsonian Directive on Standards of Conduct Regarding Smithsonian Volunteers (SD-208)

The Smithsonian has issued a revised policy describing the standards of conduct that applies to all Smithsonian volunteers and to Smithsonian employees when working with volunteers. Click here to read Smithsonian Directive (SD) 208: Standards of Conduct Regarding Smithsonian Volunteers. The revision gives individual volunteer programs latitude to develop additional written policies. Smithsonian Gardens plans to release revised policies for its volunteer program this winter.

Upcoming Events

Weekly Update – August 27, 2015

Open Garden Day in the Victory Garden – Saturday, August 29 from 10 am to 1 pm

victory-open-garden-flyerDiscover ways to keep summer on your shelf in the winter months at Smithsonian Gardens’ Open Garden Day in the Smithsonian Victory Garden. Learn about canning and pickling garden produce; see seed saving demonstrations; create your own seed packets and other crafts; and take home free wildflower seeds. Garden experts will also be on hand to answer your gardening “how-to” questions and take you on an exploration of the summer bounty in the Victory Garden. For more information on this free, public event, click here.

New Smithsonian Directive on Standards of Conduct Regarding Smithsonian Volunteers (SD-208)

The Smithsonian has issued a revised policy describing the standards of conduct that applies to all Smithsonian volunteers and to Smithsonian employees when working with volunteers. Click here to read Smithsonian Directive (SD) 208: Standards of Conduct Regarding Smithsonian Volunteers. The revision gives individual volunteer programs latitude to develop additional written policies. Smithsonian Gardens plans to release revised policies for its volunteer program this winter.

Food in the Garden –September 17

food-in-the-garden-logoCome enjoy a fascinating look at the past, present, and future of edible garden design at the September 17th Food in the Garden event. This ticketed, evening event is part of the summertime food history series brought to you by the National American Museum of American History and Smithsonian Gardens. All events are located outside in the Victory Garden. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.

Let’s Talk Gardens! – Lunchtime Series in the Haupt Garden

lets-talk-gardens-logoGreat news! We’re continuing the Let’s Talk Gardens! series into the fall season. Stay tuned for information on dates and topics. In the meantime, mark your calendars for next week’s program. We’ll be discussing which fall edibles you can grow in pots to add beauty to your garden and flavor to your meals. Join us Thursday, September 3 from 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm. http://gardens.si.edu/whats-happening/program-lets-talk-gardens-web-flyer.pdf

Upcoming Events

  • August 29 –Open Garden Day – 10 am to 1 pm in the Victory Garden
  • September 3 – Let’s Talk Gardens!– Growing Fall Edibles in Containers – 12:15 to 12:45 pm in the Haupt Garden
  • September 17 – Food in the Garden – How Does Your Garden Grow(Ticketed event) – 6-8 pm in the Victory Garden
  • September 29 – Smithsonian Gardens Volunteer Continuing Education Meeting 10 am to 12 pm (more details to come)
  • October 24 – SIDE Workshop at the NPG 9:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Ongoing – Free Smithsonian Gardens tours. For dates and times see http://gardens.si.edu/plan-your-visit/garden-tours.html

Weekly Update – August 20, 2015

New Smithsonian Directive on Standards of Conduct Regarding Smithsonian Volunteers (SD-208)

The Smithsonian has issued a revised policy describing the standards of conduct that applies to all Smithsonian volunteers and to Smithsonian employees when working with volunteers. Click here to read Smithsonian Directive (SD) 208: Standards of Conduct Regarding Smithsonian Volunteers. The revision gives individual volunteer programs latitude to develop additional written policies. Smithsonian Gardens plans to release revised policies for its volunteer program this winter.

Open Garden Day in the Victory Garden – Saturday, August 29 from 10 am to 1 pm

2009 Victory Garden BrunettiDiscover ways to keep summer on your shelf in the winter months at Smithsonian Gardens’ Open Garden Day in the Smithsonian Victory Garden. Learn about canning and pickling garden produce; see seed saving demonstrations; create your own seed packets and other crafts; and take home free wildflower seeds. Garden experts will also be on hand to answer your gardening “how-to” questions and take you on an exploration of the summer bounty in the Victory Garden. For more information on this free, public event, click here.

Thank You for Supporting Community of Gardens in the Smithsonian Summer Showdown 

A big thank you to those who supported Community of Gardens in the #SIshowdown! While we did not make it to the final round, we did beat some of the competition heavyweights. We couldn’t have done it without you! There’s still time to vote for your favorite of the final four contestants still fighting it out for the title of the most “Seriously Amazing” object or program at the Smithsonian. Click here to vote.

Food in the Garden – September 17

Come enjoy a fascinating look at the past, present, and future of edible garden design at the September 17th Food in the Garden event. This ticketed, evening event is part of the summertime food history series brought to you by the National American Museum of American History and Smithsonian Gardens. All events are located outside in the Victory Garden. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.

Let’s Talk Gardens! – Seed Saving

Looking for a way to save money and still have a bountiful garden? Collecting seeds from your favorite plants is the perfect answer. We’ll show you how and answer your questions at the next Let’s Talk Gardens! program in the Haupt Garden. Join us Thursday, August 27 from 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm. More on the weekly series and upcoming topics at http://gardens.si.edu/whats-happening/program-lets-talk-gardens-web-flyer.pdf.

LAST CALL: Computer Security Awareness Training (CSAT) for Volunteers with Smithsonian Network Accounts

Do you have a Smithsonian email address? If so, we need you to take Computer Security Awareness Training. The web-based security training must be completed by August 31st of this year or your SI network and email account will be suspended. The CSAT can ONLY be accessed on a Smithsonian computer. If you have a Smithsonian email address and have not yet completed your training, please contact gardenvolunteers@si.edu as soon as possible to set up a time to use a Smithsonian Gardens computer for the training.

Upcoming Events

  • August 21 – Ladybug release at 10:00 am in the National Museum of the American Indian Garden (Croplands section)
  • August 27 – Let’s Talk Gardens! – Seed Collecting – 12:15 to 12:45 pm in the Haupt Garden
  • August 29 – Open Garden Day – 10 am to 1 pm in the Victory Garden
  • September 3 – Let’s Talk Gardens!– Growing Fall Edibles in Containers – 12:15 to 12:45 pm in the Haupt Garden
  • September 17 – Food in the Garden – How Does Your Garden Grow (Ticketed event) – 6-8 pm in the Victory Garden
  • September 29 – Smithsonian Gardens Volunteer Continuing Education Meeting 10 am to 12 pm (more details to come)
  • October 24 – SIDE Workshop at the NPG 9:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Ongoing – Free Smithsonian Gardens tours. For dates and times see http://gardens.si.edu/plan-your-visit/garden-tours.html

Weekly Update – August 13, 2015

Vote for Community of Gardens – We Need You in Round 2 of the Smithsonian Summer Showdown!

tomatoesThanks to your votes Community of Gardens made it to Round 2 in the Smithsonian Summer Showdown!! The competition to be named the “Most Seriously Amazing” project at the Smithsonian continues this week as we battle to make it into the finals. Help us get there by casting your vote for Community of Gardens in Round 2 every day this week and get your friends to vote too by sending them this link http://showdown.si.edu/?s_src=siod_cm085pessgardensweb Follow the battle on social media (#SIshowdown) and vote for Community of Gardens now!

Volunteer Needed for Open Garden Day in the Victory Garden – Saturday, August 29

We’re hosting an Open Garden Day in the Victory Garden on Saturday, August 29th and need one more volunteer to help with a craft at the event. If you can help out from 9:30 am to 1 pm that Saturday please email Alison at gardenvolunteers@si.edu. For more information on the event, visit http://s.si.edu/1J6ElxA.

Let’s Talk Gardens! – Lunchtime Series in the Haupt Garden

lets-talk-gardens-logoJoin us to chat about fall perennials at our next Let’s Talk Gardens! program on Thursday, August 20th in the Haupt Garden. We’ll meet at 12:15 pm at the tables along the Arts & Industries Building. More on the weekly Let’s Talk Gardens! series and upcoming topics at http://gardens.si.edu/whats-happening/program-lets-talk-gardens-web-flyer.pdf. Help us spread the word!

Computer Security Awareness Training (CSAT) for Volunteers with Smithsonian Network Accounts

Do you have a Smithsonian email address? If so, we need you to take Computer Security Awareness Training. The web-based security training must be completed by August 31st of this year or your SI network and email account will be suspended. The CSAT can ONLY be accessed on a Smithsonian computer. If you have a Smithsonian email address and have not yet completed your training, please contact gardenvolunteers@si.edu as soon as possible to set up a time to use a Smithsonian Gardens computer for the training.

Upcoming Events

  • August 20 – Let’s Talk Gardens! – Perennials with Seasonal Punch – 12:15 to 12:45 pm in the Haupt Garden
  • August 20 – Food in the Garden – Seeds of Innovation (Ticketed event) – 6-8 pm in the Victory Garden
  • August 21 – Ladybug release at 10:00 am in the National Museum of the American Indian Garden (Croplands section)
  • August 27 – Let’s Talk Gardens! – Seed Collecting – 12:15 to 12:45 pm in the Haupt Garden
  • August 29 – Open Garden Day – 10 am to 1 pm in the Victory Garden
  • September 3 – Let’s Talk Gardens! – Growing Fall Edibles in Containers – 12:15 to 12:45 pm in the Haupt Garden
  • September 17 – Food in the Garden – How Does Your Garden Grow (Ticketed event) – 6-8 pm in the Victory Garden
  • October 24 – SIDE Workshop at the NPG 9:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Ongoing – Free Smithsonian Gardens tours. For dates and times see http://gardens.si.edu/plan-your-visit/garden-tours.html

Weekly Update – August 6, 2015

Vote for Community of Gardens in the 2015 Smithsonian Summer Showdown!

CoGshowdownThe Smithsonian is having another Showdown to determine the Institution’s most “Seriously Amazing” program or object. Help us win by voting for Smithsonian Gardens’ Community of Gardens project. Community of Gardens is a digital home we created to collect stories, photographs, and videos of gardens across America. Anyone can add their story, which means an account of your parent’s backyard wedding, your grandmother’s tomatoes, or your neighborhood’s community garden can become a part of the Smithsonian. What’s more amazing than that? Follow the battle on social media (#SIshowdown) and vote for Community of Gardens now!

Food in the Garden – August 20 and September 17

food-in-the-garden-logoCome enjoy a fascinating look at innovations in the garden and the amazing world of modern agriculture at this year’s FOOD in the Garden programs! The summertime food history series brought to you by the National American Museum of American History and Smithsonian Gardens, will explore innovations in American food and gardens with tastes, talks, and tours outside in the Smithsonian Gardens’ Victory Garden. All events are located outside the Museum in the Victory Garden. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.

Let’s Talk Gardens! – New Lunchtime Series in the Haupt Garden

We had a great turnout today for the kickoff of our new series of lunchtime chats in the Haupt Garden! Bring a lunch and join us next Thursday between 12:15 and 12:45 pm to talk topiary. Click here for more on the weekly Let’s Talk Gardens! series and upcoming topics. Help us spread the word!

Computer Security Awareness Training (CSAT) for Volunteers with Smithsonian Network Accounts

Do you have a Smithsonian email address? If so, we need you to take Computer Security Awareness Training. The web-based security training must be completed by August 31st of this year or your SI network and email account will be suspended. The CSAT can ONLY be accessed on a Smithsonian computer. If you have a Smithsonian email address and have not yet completed your training, please contact gardenvolunteers@si.edu as soon as possible to set up a time to use a Smithsonian Gardens computer for the training.

 Upcoming Events

  • August 7 – Ladybug release at 10:00 am in the National Museum of the American Indian Garden (Croplands section)
  • August 13 – Let’s Talk Gardens! – How to Train a Topiary – 12:15 to 12:45 pm in the Haupt Garden
  • August 20 – Let’s Talk Gardens! – Perennials with Seasonal Punch – 12:15 to 12:45 pm in the Haupt Garden
  • August 20 – Food in the Garden – Seeds of Innovation (Ticketed event) – 6-8 pm in the Victory Garden
  • August 21 – Ladybug release at 10:00 am in the National Museum of the American Indian Garden (Croplands section)
  • August 27 – Let’s Talk Gardens! – Seed Collecting – 12:15 to 12:45 pm in the Haupt Garden
  • August 29 – Extending Garden Goodness Year Round – 10 am to 1 pm in the Victory Garden (More information coming soon)
  • September 3 – Let’s Talk Gardens! – Growing Fall Edibles in Containers – 12:15 to 12:45 pm in the Haupt Garden
  • September 17 – Food in the Garden – How Does Your Garden Grow (Ticketed event) – 6-8 pm in the Victory Garden
  • October 24 – SIDE Workshop at the NPG 9:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Ongoing – Free Smithsonian Gardens tours. For dates and times see http://gardens.si.edu/plan-your-visit/garden-tours.html

Weekly Update – July 30, 2015

Let’s Talk Gardens! – New Lunchtime Series in the Haupt Garden

lets-talk-gardens-logoSmithsonian Gardens is launching a new series of brief lectures and demonstrations on gardening basics to help turn thumbs green. Bring a lunch and join us in the Haupt Garden each Thursday from August 6 through September 3 between 12:15 and 12:45 pm. We’ll be meeting at the tables along the west side of the Arts & Industries Building. Topics include trips for beginner gardeners, topiary, perennials, seed collecting, and fall edibles. Click here for the schedule and more information.

Kennedy Rose Garden Open House – Sunday, August 2 from 10 am to 3 pm 

event-2015-exhibit-kennedy-rose-gardenWe’re celebrating the history of the Kennedy Rose Garden and the rich tradition of gardening at the White House this Sunday at the White House Historical Society’s summer open house. Join us from 10 am to 3 pm for garden-inspired activities for all ages, including a special demonstration by Shelley Gaskins, our Folger Rose Garden horticulturalist, on the care of roses. The historic Decatur House will also be open for tours throughout the day. Click here or more information on the event.

Please Log Your July Volunteer Hours

Please take a moment to make sure your July volunteer hours are correctly logged in EVANS. If you run into trouble, please email your hours to gardenvolunteers@si.edu.

Smithsonian Institution South Mall Campus Master Plan

Many of you, especially those who volunteer in the Haupt Garden, have received questions and comments from visitors about the South Mall Campus Master Plan the Smithsonian announced last year. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the plan, this week’s “News from the Gardens” post on the volunteer blog includes information on the project. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the plan so you can share its goals and importance to visitors when you are representing Smithsonian Gardens and the Smithsonian Institution out in the gardens. Click here for more information on the Master Plan.

Computer Security Awareness Training for Volunteers with Smithsonian Email Addresses

Do you have a Smithsonian email address? If so, we need you to complete Computer Security Awareness Training by August 31st! If you do not complete this training, your Smithsonian email address will not be renewed. Security training can ONLY be accessed on a Smithsonian computer. If you need to take the training, please contact gardenvolunteers@si.edu as soon as possible to set up a time to use a Smithsonian Gardens computer for the class.

Upcoming Events

News from the Gardens – July 30, 2015

Many of you, especially those volunteering in the Haupt Garden, have received questions and comments from visitors about the South Mall Campus Master Plan the Smithsonian Institution announced last November. We’ve pulled together some information and resources on the plan to help you respond. If you have any questions about the Master Plan, please let us know!

Buildings and Gardens Included in the Master Plan

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South Mall Master Plan area

The South Mall Master Plan focuses on the museums and gardens along Independence Avenue S.W., from Seventh to 12th streets. This area includes the Smithsonian Castle, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Haupt Garden, and the quadrangle building under the Haupt Garden which includes the Ripley center, Sackler Gallery and National Museum of African Art.

Master Plan Goals

South Mall Master Plan: View from Independence Avenue

South Mall Master Plan: View from Independence Avenue

The proposed Master Plan has three primary goals: To improve and expand visitors services and education, to create clear entrances and connections between the museums and Gardens, and to replace aging building mechanical systems that have reached the end of their lifespan. This includes the replacement of the leaking Ripley Center, Sackler Gallery, and National Museum of African American Art roof under the Haupt Garden. These improvements will expand public space and help ensure the safety of Smithsonian buildings and collections.

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South Mall Campus Master Plan: Aerial view at night

The proposed work includes an expansion of the Haupt Garden to better connect the garden space and Smithsonian campus both to the National Mall and to the revitalized mixed-use neighborhood south of Independence Avenue envisioned in Washington, DC’s Southwest EcoDistrict Plan.

The proposed Master Plan will be implemented over a 10-to-20-year period beginning in 2016.

Links to additional information and images:

Talking about the Master Plan with Visitors

Smithsonian visitors, volunteers, and staff have a variety of personal opinions about this plan. Please remember that while on duty volunteers are cautioned against expressing personal opinions or judgments regarding any aspect of the Smithsonian that could be misconstrued by visitors or media as an official Smithsonian statement. Personal opinions, even those voiced with the best intentions, when taken out of context can prove damaging and embarrassing not only to the Institution but also to the volunteer or staff member expressing them.

If you are asked about the Master Plan by a visitor while you are out in the gardens, please share with them information about plan and where they can find out more. If a reporter or another member of a media outlet while on duty out in the gardens, ask them to contact the Smithsonian Office of Public Affairs at (202) 633-3129.

Weekly Update – July 23, 2015

Volunteer Needed for Family Day Event at White House Historical Association

event-2015-exhibit-kennedy-rose-gardenWe’re partnering with the White House Historical Association for a fun family day on Sunday, August 2 to celebrate the Association’s new exhibit on President Kennedy’s White House Rose Garden. It would be great to have one more volunteer to help with the Smithsonian Gardens activity tables from 10 am to 3 pm at the Historical Association’s headquarters at 1610 H Street NW. If you are interested in helping for all or part of that time, please contact Alison at gardenvolunteers@si.edu.

Computer Security Awareness Training (CSAT) for Volunteers with Smithsonian Network Accounts

Each year, all volunteers with a Smithsonian network account (Smithsonian email address) are required to take Computer Security Awareness Training. The web-based security training must be completed by August 31st of this year or your SI network and email account will be suspended. The CSAT can ONLY be accessed on a Smithsonian computer. If you have a Smithsonian network account and have not yet completed your training, please contact gardenvolunteers@si.edu as soon as possible to set up a time to use a Smithsonian Gardens computer for the training.

Check Out Beautiful Photos of Our Gardens!instagram-images

Our horticulturists are capturing beautiful photos of what’s going on out in our gardens and posting them to the Smithsonian Gardens’ Instagram page. Take a moment to check out some of their work – https://instagram.com/smithsoniangardens/ You do not need to have an Instagram account to view the photos, just click the link!

Smithsonian Gardens in the News

Upcoming Events

  • August 2 – The Kennedy Rose Garden Open House at the White House Historical Association
  • August 7 – Ladybug release at 10:00 am  in the National Museum of the American Indian Garden (Croplands section)
  • August 20 – Food in the Garden (Victory Garden) – Seeds of Innovation (Ticketed event)
  • August 21 – Ladybug release at 10:00 am  in the National Museum of the American Indian Garden (Croplands section)
  • September 17 – Food in the Garden (Victory Garden) – How Does Your Garden Grown (Ticketed event)
  • October 24 – SIDE Workshop at the National Portrait Gallery from 9:00 am to 11:30 am (RSVP Required, details to come)
  • Ongoing – Smithsonian Gardens tours. For dates and times see http://gardens.si.edu/plan-your-visit/garden-tours.html

Weekly Update – July 2, 2015

The Smithsonian Gardens office will be closed Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day. Also, Alison will be out of the office with periodic access to email from Thursday, July 2 through Friday, July 17. If you have questions that need immediate attention during this time it is best to email gardenvolunteers@si.edu or call Paula at (202) 633-5845.

Volunteers Needed for Family Day Event at White House Historical Association

Smithsonian Gardens is partnering with the White House Historical Association for a fun family day on Sunday, August 2 to celebrate the Association’s upcoming exhibit on the White House Rose Garden. We’re looking for one more volunteer to help with the Smithsonian Gardens activity tables from 10 am to 3 pm at the Historical Association’s headquarters at 1610 H Street NW. If you are interested in helping for all or part of that time, please email gardenvolunteers@si.edu.

Please Log Your June Volunteer Hours

If you have not already done so, please take a moment to log your June volunteer hours in EVANS. Instructions can be found on the Smithsonian Gardens volunteer blog at https://sginterpreters.wordpress.com/evans/ (scroll to the “How to Report Your Volunteer Hours” section). If you run into trouble, please email your hours to gardenvolunteers@si.edu.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival Road Closures

Madison and Jefferson Drives are closed between 3rd and 4th streets several weeks for the 2015 Folklife Festival. For more information on the new Festival location and scheduled events, visit http://www.festival.si.edu/visitor-information/general-information/smithsonian

Around the Smithsonian: Innovation Wing Grand Opening at the National Museum of American History

NMAH opened several new exhibitions, learning places, and programing spaces all centered around the theme of innovation today. The featured exhibition, “American Enterprise,” conveys the drama, breadth and diversity of America’s business heritage along with its benefits, failures, and unanticipated consequences. The renovation of the first floor of the museum’s West Wing also features a new performance plaza and Spark!Lab, a hands-on activity space hosted by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Events

Weekly Update – June 25, 2015

Smithsonian Staff Photo – Be a Part of Institution History!

SI_Picnic_Map_2015The Smithsonian Community Committee invites all staff, volunteers, interns, fellows, and alumni to participate in the 2015 staff photo on the National Mall this coming Tuesday, June 30th (just before the staff picnic). To participate, check at 10:30 am at either of the two 4th Street check points (see map attached) where staff will give you directions to fill in the new design. The first 5,000 people there will get a free Smithsonian umbrella! For details, click here for participation instructions and on the image to the right for a map with photo check-in locations.

Here’s what it looked like (9,000 times faster than normal) when the Smithsonian attempted it in 2010.

Smithsonian Staff Picnic

Smithsonian staff, fellows, interns, and volunteers are invited to the annual SI Staff picnic on Tuesday, June 30 from 11 am to 2 pm on the Smithsonian Folklife Festival grounds (National Mall near the National Museum of the American Indian). Sample a delicious variety of dishes from this year’s Folklife Festival featured country, Peru! Lunch is free but a meal ticket is required. Please email gardenvolunteers@si.edu to reserve a ticket ASAP if you plan to attend. Tickets must be picked up at the Smithsonian Gardens main office.

Volunteers Needed for Family Day Event at White House Historical Association

Smithsonian Gardens is partnering with the White House Historical Association for a fun family day on Sunday, August 2 to celebrate the Association’s upcoming exhibit on the White House Rose Garden. We’re looking for 4 volunteers to help with the Smithsonian Gardens activity tables from 10 am to 3 pm at the Historical Association’s headquarters at 1610 H Street NW. If you are interested in helping for all or part of that time, please contact Alison at gardenvolunteers@si.edu.

Did you know June is National Rose Month? 

Check out rose growing tips from Shelley, our Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden horticulturist on the newest Smithsonian Gardens blog post – http://smithsoniangardens.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/june-is-national-rose-month/  Shelley also shares a bit of rose history in this short video.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival Road Closures

Madison and Jefferson Drives are closed between 3rd and 4th streets several weeks for the 2015 Folklife Festival. For more information on the new Festival location and scheduled events, visit http://www.festival.si.edu/visitor-information/general-information/smithsonian

Upcoming Events

  • June 24-28 and July 1-5 – Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall near NMAI
  • June 30 – Smithsonian staff picture at 10:30 am on the Folklife Festival grounds
  • June 30 – Smithsonian Staff Picnic on the Folklife Festival grounds 11 am to 2 pm
  • August 2 – Family Day at the White House Historical Association
  • October 24 – SIDE Workshop at the NPG 9:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Ongoing – Smithsonian Gardens tours. For dates and times see http://gardens.si.edu/plan-your-visit/garden-tours.html
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