September 27. 1976 The Victorian Garden behind the Smithsonian Institution Castle opens to the public. The design is based on the horticultural displays at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. In the South Yard to the west of the Arts and Industries Building, it is the work of the Office of Horticulture and is the Smithsonian’s first major horticultural display.
Today Smithsonian Gardens creates and manages the Smithsonian’s outdoor gardens, interiorscapes, and horticulture-related collections and exhibits. Established in 1972 to manage the museum grounds, Smithsonian Gardens extends the museums’ exhibits and learning environment in a public garden setting while shaping visitors’ overall experience of the Smithsonian.
Posted: 27 September 2017