The city doesn't feel like the city when you're in our gardens. In fact, it is looking more like a prairie in the Ripley Gardens these days.
Spring green in the Ripley Garden 2016.
The fall migration season means we host many feathered visitors in our gardens surrounding the National Mall. This week we noticed Ruby-throated Hummingbirds filing up on end-of-season nectar in our Mary Livingston Ripley Garden as they head south for the winter.
Passion Flower (Passiflora x alato-caerulea) from the Ripley Garden
A burst of color for your afternoon. Gloriosa Daisy in the Ripley Garden http://ow.ly/NVUrq
The 2014 Ripley Garden green wall. My first attempt at growing vertically in the garden.
The 2015 Ripley Garden green wall. Read how our horticulturist created this succulent masterpiece on the Smithsonian Gardens blog - http://ow.ly/PrGEx
A beautiful image of the fall colors in the Ripley Garden from Smithsonian photographer Eric Long.
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')
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.
Mertensia virginica - Virginia Bluebells in the Ripley Garden