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Community of Gardens

All Exhibits: 4

Hoop house with marigolds, arugula, and peppers growing. Heather McWane, photographer, 2009. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Garden Club of America Collection.

Grown from the Past: A Short History of Community Gardening in the United States

Dig in and explore the history of community gardening in the United States with this digital exhibit from Smithsonian Gardens. 


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Collage of gardens included in the Community of Gardens digital archive.

Design a Green Space: Smithsonian Gardens Green Ambassador Challenge

Become a Smithsonian Gardens Green Ambassador!

Teens and students, empower yourselves to become local leaders by making your school or community a healthier place by taking on Smithsonian Gardens’ challenge to design a green space. 


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Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York, 1980s.

Capture a Garden Story: Smithsonian Gardens Green Ambassador Challenge

Coming soon! Learn how to conduct an oral history with a gardener, edit, and create a garden story to contribute to the Community of Gardens digital archive. 


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A Democracy of Beauty for All: Highlights from the J. Horace McFarland Company Collection

J. Horace McFarland was a leading proponent of the City Beautiful Movement and president of the American Civic Association. Learn about his photography from the Archives of American Gardens.


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