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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.


Mary Livingston Ripley Garden

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A beautiful image of the fall colors in the Ripley Garden from Smithsonian photographer Eric Long.

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Solanum quitoense, known as naranjilla (”little orange”) is scary in looks only. Spines and purple hairs along the stems give this member of the nightshade family an otherworldly appearance that would be more at home in the Addams Family garden rather than the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden at the Smithsonian. If you can get past the strange looks of the hairy, orange fruit, a fresh glass of naranjilla juice is a sweet treat.

Gorgeous #autumn color in the Ripley Garden. Japanese coral bark maple (Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku')

A sampling of fall color in the Smithsonian Ripley Garden, clockwise: autumn crocus, toad lily, castor oil plant, & lion's tail. #FeelsLikeFall

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Emilia coccinea (tassel flower) is a lovely & delicate flower. Photo by DC Tropics.

Fruit of Solanum quitoense (naranjilla) in the Ripley Garden. Photo by DC Tropics.

Coleus 'Black Patent Leather' or 'Shiny Shoes' in the Ripley Garden. Photo by DC Tropics.

Fall foliage of Oxydendrum arboreum (sourwood) in the Ripley Garden. Photo by DC Tropics.

Allium in the Smithsonian Mary Livingston Ripley Garden on a beautiful spring day

Sweet little Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' in the Ripley Garden

Mertensia virginica - Virginia Bluebells in the Ripley Garden

Winter daphne in the Ripley Garden

The daffodils are up in the Ripley Garden! #winterisOVER #springisHERE

'Silver Moon' hellebore in the Ripley Garden

'Arnold Promise' witch hazel in the Riley Garden.

Young stems of Acer ‘Sangu kaku’ (Coral Bark Maple)

Hamamelis ‘Arnold Promise’ (Witch hazel) blooms with a cap of snow.

Galanthus (Snowdrops) with a dusting of snow in the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden

Adonis amurensis, a cheery late winter bloomer.

Hamamelis ‘Arnold Promise’ (with yellow flowers) and Acer ‘Sangu Kaku’ (with red stems)

One of the most glorious harbingers of spring, Hamamelis ‘Arnold Promise’ is in full glorious bloom in the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden. The blooming of the Witch hazels is a sure sign that the end of winter is near!

Janet's hellebores in the Ripley Garden look like they are starting to think about blooming in the next few weeks. Bring it on spring!

Smithsonian Gardens horticulturist Janet Draper poses with three of her very long Guinea Bean gourds grown in the Ripley Garden.

Janet & the Beanstalk: a true Jack & the Beanstalk tale right in our very own garden! read more about the vine that reached the top of the Arts & Industries building on our blog.

Toad lily (Tricyrtis 'Sinonome') in the Ripley Garden.