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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Installation of the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution – October 19 at 3 pm
The Board of Regents cordially invites you to attend the Installation of David J. Skorton as the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. The ceremony will take place on Monday, October 19th at 3:00 p.m. in the Arts and Industries Building. To register to attend, please visit http://go.si.edu/installationceremony and complete the registration form by September 30th. In addition to registering to attend, you will be asked to show your Smithsonian ID upon entry at the north entrance of the Arts and Industries Building. The ceremony will also be available for viewing via webcast.
Garden Maintenance Volunteer Opening
We are looking for a volunteer to assist with garden maintenance tasks once a week in the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden (preferably on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays). If you are interested in interviewing for the position or in more details, please email email@example.com.
Impact of Papal Visit to DC – September 22-24
President Obama will welcome his Holiness Pope Francis to the Washington, DC metropolitan area on Tuesday, September 22 through Thursday, September 24. The Smithsonian will remain open during these three days and anticipates very heavy visitation, particularly on Thursday, September 24th when the Pope speaks to Congress. The visit should also bring an increase in traffic, road closures, detours, and crowded public transportation with significant delays. All volunteers scheduled for shifts on September 22, 23, or 24 should contact their supervisors as soon as possible to determine if they should report for their shifts on these dates or make alternative arraignments.
Let’s Talk Gardens! – Lunchtime Series in the Haupt Garden Extended through October
We’re continuing the Let’s Talk Gardens series into the fall season. Smithsonian Gardens’ staff members will join us to share their knowledge and answer your questions on a variety of topics. The new list of dates and topics is available online at http://gardens.si.edu/whats-happening/Lets-talk-gardens.pdf. See you Thursdays from 12:15 to 12:45 pm in the Haupt Garden!
Design for Small Spaces: New Smithsonian Gardens Exhibit
Exceptional plants and unique elements add impact to small spaces. From fairy gardens to green walls, the vignettes in our new exhibit are a great source for ideas on how you can create your own little oasis. See it now through January 31, 2016 in the Ripley Center. More info: http://www.si.edu/Exhibitions/Details/Design-for-Small-Spaces-6032
Food in the Garden – September 17 at 6 pm
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.
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.