The U.S. Botanic Garden is exhibiting You Can Grow It!in the Conservatory Terrace and East Gallery, thru October 15. The exhibit “helps experienced and novice gardeners alike to have more fruitful indoor and outdoor gardening experiences. Wander the Terrace and the exhibit Gallery to explore the basics of growing plants and investigate solutions for many common plant problems. Along the way, discover foolproof plants, learn about the right plant for the right place and person, and even pick up a few specialty horticulture techniques for plants requiring a little extra care.” The exhibit is designed for all skill levels of gardening.
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland is exhibiting Botanica: The Art & Science of Plantsin the Visitors Center, thru July 21.The juried exhibition of botanical art features works by artists affiliated with Brookside Gardens' School of Botanical Art & Illustration and the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region.
Original art and archival quality prints are available for purchase in the Visitor Center gift shop.
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton is displaying their annual Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit thru September 17. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia as they soar among colorful flowers. Visitors can “learn about their amazing metamorphoses, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens.”
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is offering Spring Garden Tours, thru June 25. The seasonal tours of the estate’s thirteen acres of formal gardens take place Tuesdays through Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the visitor center upon opening each day. Each tour is about an hour long.
Image below: The Parterre Garden at Hillwood
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is exhibiting Spectacular: Gems & Jewelry from the Marjorie Post Collection, thru January 1, 2018.Nearly sixty pieces that once belonged to Marjorie Merriweather Post, one of the greatest jewelry collectors of the twentieth century, “tell the story behind some of the remarkable stones and the jewelry into which they were transformed.”
Her collection “represented the finest assembly of gems and historical and twentieth-century jewelry in America. She commissioned great pieces from the most important jewelry firms of her time including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston, and Verdura and many others…..
New and previously unseen pieces from the Merriweather Post collection are an added highlight of this exhibition.”
The American History Museum is exhibiting Cultivating America’s Gardens. The theme of the exhibition is “how garden-making has evolved over time, shaped by history, social attitudes, the environment, and new ideas. Illustrating this history with books and other materials from their vast holdings, the Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian Gardens take visitors on a special kind of garden tour.”
An aerial view of the Haupt Garden near the Smithsonian Castle - Photo by Eric Long of the Smithsonian
Dumbarton Oaks Museum & Gardens
The Gardens at Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown will be temporarily closed to the public from July 10 to March 15, 2018. During that time, the estate will make large-scale improvements to the gardens’ water-supply network as well as enhancement of storm-water management throughout the property.