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October 7, 1998 – Permanent (seasonal)
Location: Outside, Jefferson Drive between the Castle & the Arts and Industries Building
The Folger Rose Garden features a bed of roses in a rainbow of colors, along with selected annuals, perennials, and woody plants chosen for year-round interest. It was donated by the Folger family in honor of their mother, Kathrine Dulin Folger.
The GUR-KARMA-RANA Keith fountain, donated by the Keith family, is the centerpiece of the garden, and was produced by the J.W. Fiske Company in New York in the mid-1800s. It features 3 tiers with water cascading over the sides and a granite basin with a seating ledge. The tiers, from top to bottom, are 15", 24", and 36" in diameter. A 1" pipe through the stem provides water. The name of the fountain is derived from the first letters of the names of Keith family members.
Related publication: A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens