Mary Livingston Ripley Garden
A quiet oasis located between the Arts and Industries Building and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden is a horticultural display of hundreds of varieties of annual and perennial plants, unique hanging baskets, and unusual trees and shrubs.
Striking reds take center stage in fall in the form of the Lycoris radiate or Hurricane Lilly. Photo by Eric Long of the Ripley Garden.
Eye-catching color befitting a plant known as Joseph’s Coat, Amaranthus tricolor. Pictured in the Ripley Garden.
Callicarpa dichotoma are appropriately known as beauty berries. Pictured here in the Ripley Garden.
In keeping with our #BackToSchool theme, our featured plant is the Pencil Cactus, Euphorbia tirucalli. Though often referred to as a cactus, it is actually a member of the Euphorbia family. The pencil plant is native to Africa and India; therefore it is grown as a seasonal tropical plant. *A note of caution, you should always wear gloves when working around this plant; it exudes a milky, latex type sap that can cause an allergic skin reaction for some people.