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Enid A. Haupt Garden

The Enid A. Haupt Garden is a public garden in the Smithsonian complex in Washington, D.C. Covering over four acres, it is situated between the Castle and Independence Avenue and has provided a welcomed respite for Smithsonian visitors and residents of Washington since it opened in 1987 as part of the redesigned Castle quadrangle.

A bee enjoying the tweedia blossoms (Tweedia caerulea) in the Enid A. Haupt Garden

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Audrey II, is that you? The giant, slightly intimidating cliff banana is on display in the Haupt Garden (and grown in our offsite greenhouses in Maryland).

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A genuine horticultural oddity, the Monkey Puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana) is native to Chile, and is present in the fossil record up to 200 million years ago, making it a true living fossil. Some think the common name comes from the myth that monkeys can’t figure out how to climb the tree due to the numerous sharp leaves that protect it from predators. Look for this Victorian favorite in the Haupt Garden, behind the Smithsonian Castle.

The Moongate fountain in the Enid A. Haupt Garden

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The Fountain Garden in the Enid A. Haupt Garden was inspired by the Court of the Lions in the Alhambra, the 12th century fortress and palace in Granada, Spain.

The Fountain Garden includes a Moorish-inspired wall fountain, in which the water falls over a vertical surface. This provides a soothing sound and cools the ambient air during the warm summer months. The wall is planted with vines that form a veil or chador, thereby alluding to the cultural roots of the original fountain in what is now Spain.

A variety of heights, colors, and textures in this Enid A. Haupt Garden urn make for an exciting container garden.

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The saucer magnolias in bloom in the Haupt Garden.

As part of its exhibition Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa, the National Museum of African Art invited several African artists to do earthworks in the Smithsonian’s gardens. These are large sculpture works which use earth as material, motif, and/or message. One of these is ”Ala” by Ghanaian artist El Anatsui. Read more about the pyramid in the garden on our blog!

Saucer magnolia leaves are beginning to change color with the season in the Enid A. Haupt Garden.

Bee on Dhobi Tree in the Haupt Garden | by Flickr member Sara Eguren

Andrew Jackson Downing Urn in the Haupt Garden | by Flickr member robej037

Succulents in bloom in the Enid A. Haupt Garden. Many of our tropical plants are placed outside during the summer months.