The National Air And Space Museum and the National Museum of American History will be open today, March 5; all other Smithsonian Washington, D.C.-area museums and the National Zoo will be closed due to inclement weather. The Smithsonian museums in New York will be open today.

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Working at the Smithsonian


  • Smithsonian Gardens designs and maintains the gardens and landscapes that surround the Smithsonian museums. These “outdoor” museums highlight each museums focus and attract millions of visitors each year.
  • Smithsonian Gardens develop creative and educational horticultural exhibits and provides decorative flora for special museum events. Much of the plant material is grown in the Smithsonian’s own greenhouses.
  • Smithsonian Gardens employs degreed Horticulturalists and highly skilled Gardeners. Staff actively participate in environmentally sound garden design and interact frequently with visitors.
  • There are also specialists in entomology, landscape architecture and irrigation systems. Smithsonian Gardens is home to a world-class orchid collection and features thousands of them in an annual exhibition. It is also home to the Archives of American Gardens and a garden furniture collection both of which are heavily used by designers for ideas and inspiration.

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