Cultivating America’s Gardens at Smithsonian

August 1, 2017

Trade card, Rice's Seeds, Cambridge, New York, 1887

Cultivating America’s Gardens at Smithsonian

Trade card, Rice's Seeds, Cambridge, New York, 1887

Trade card, Rice’s Seeds, Cambridge, New York, 1887.

Cultivating America’s Gardens

A Smithsonian Libraries, Smithsonian Gardens and Archives of American Gardens exhibition
Visit the exhibit through August 2017

Americans have been making gardens forever, constantly innovating and experimenting as they work the soil. Amateurs and professionals, young and old, schoolchildren and scientists — Americans of every sort have put their backs into gardening. And for a variety of motives: beauty, food, science, prestige.

American 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 us on a special kind of garden tour.

Also visit the exhibit online.

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