Spring and The Secret Gardens


Go beyond the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden and the U.S. Botanic Garden to see these tucked away and little known oasis of foliage.

Courtyard Garden, Freer Gallery of Art. Charles A. Plat designed an Italian Renaissance style courtyard to house part of the collection of Charles I. Freer.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Hirshhorn Museum. The sunken garden and plaza covers 4.5 acres and more than 60 works of art.

Landscape Gardens, National Museum of The American Indian. The purpose of this garden is to pay homage to what the landscape looked like prior to the invasion of Europeans, including the Beatles.

Victory Garden & Heirloom Garden, Nation Museum of American History. A nostalgic throwback to the victory gardens of World War 2.

Katherine Dulin Folger Rose Garden. Located next to Arts-Industries Building, it brings the beauty of a garden with mixing of ironworks of the 1800s.

Dumbarton Oaks Park, Georgetown. Located in 3100 block of R Street, NW. 27 acres and 10 acres of formal gardens, designed in 1932 by Beatrix Farrand and James Berrall.

Montrose Park, Georgetown. Owned by rope-maker Robert Parrott who allowed the locals to have picnics on his property. Parrott's Woods fell into disrepair in the 1920s when a group of women approached Congress to purchase, "for the recreation and pleasure of the people."

Japanese-Style Garden, Hillwood Estate. Owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post, this estate was opened as a museum to inspire the public.

Mary Livingston Ripley Garden, West of the Hirshhorn Museum. In a world of organization, this informal garden is an oasis by the National Wall.

Enid A. Haupt Garden, West of the Hirshhorn Museum. Four acres reflecting cultural influences as part of the redesigned Castle quadrangle.

For More Information

Smithsonian Gardens

Hillwood Estate


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