Cultivating America’s Gardens

Amateurs and professionals, young and old, schoolchildren and scientists—Americans of every sort have put their backs into gardening. And for a variety of motives: beauty, food, science, prestige. Using books and objects from Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian Gardens collections, Cultivating America’s Gardens highlights early horticulture publications; 19th century popular and new “exotic plants”; prominent landscape designers; changing plant palettes; selling seeds; gardens of the World’s fairs; Victory gardens; the romance of the American lawn; do-it-yourself gardens; and gardens of today.