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Enid A. Haupt Garden, Washington DC

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The Enid A. Haupt Garden is a 4.2 acre public garden in the Smithsonian complex, adjacent to the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It was designed to be a modern representation of American Victorian gardens as they appeared in the mid to late 19th century. It replaced an existing Victorian Garden which had been built to celebrate the nation's Bicentennial in 1976.HistoryThe garden opened on May 21, 1987 as part of the redesigned Castle quadrangle. It is named for Enid A. Haupt, who provided the $3 million endowment which financed its construction and maintenance. Initially approached with a request that she finance a small Zen garden within the quadrangle, after a review of the plans Haupt said that she was "not interested in putting money into a Zen garden...I'm only interested in financing the whole thing."The quadrangle redesign project and the Smithsonian Gardens more broadly were part of the vision of the eighth Secretary of the Smithsonian, S. Dillon Ripley, who felt that the museum experience should extend beyond the museums' buildings into the outdoor spaces.The landscape design of the Garden featured the collaborative efforts of architect Jean Paul Carlhian, principal in the Boston firm of Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott; Lester Collins, a landscape architect from Millbrook, New York; Sasaki Associates Inc. of Watertown, Massachusetts; and James R. Buckler, founding director of the Smithsonian's Office of Horticulture.The central feature of the garden is a symmetrically patterned parterre, flanked by the Moongate Garden to the west and the Fountain Garden to the east. The parterre measures 144 feet long by 66 feet wide; the low-growing plants that fill out the series of diamonds, fleurs-de-lis, and scallops or swags that make up the design are changed every six months, typically in September and May.
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  • The Enid A Haupt Garden is a delightful little green refuge tucked away amongst the throngs of tourists. Located behind the Smithsonian Castle Visitors Center (between Independence and Jefferson), the...  more »
  • When your mind is super-saturated and your feet numbed by the museums on the Mall, take a break in the Enid Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian castle and enjoy the kind of floral display made famous ...  more »
  • Located behind the red brick Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall, directly above the Sackler Gallery and just next to the Freer Gallery, the Haupt Garden holds a perfect spot from those tired from...  more »
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  • This is a beautiful area to walk. They have very interesting tree and shrub varieties. Lots of birds and nests!! Its a changing scene. Spring is lovely around here.
  • It is well maintained. It has benches throughout to enjoy the beauty. It is behind the Smithsonian castle which means you can easily go in for eating, to use the facilities and AC on hot days.
  • Well maintained Victorian styled garden with Asian flare. Located behind the red brick Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall, directly above the Sackler Gallery and just next to the Freer Gallery, the Haupt Garden holds a perfect spot from those tired from taking in all the sights of DC. Its so relaxing, beautiful, and calming, you'll find yourself spending much more time here than anticipated. In warmer months, its fun to sit and watch the children play in the water fountains having fun. Lots of birds and ducks come around too. Just beautiful, a really wonderful place to visit.
  • Refreshing and lovely. Very friendly and nice security guards. You can't always cut through the gardens to the mall, so don't count on being able to get through here. But a nice destination on its own!
  • I always enjoy passing through this garden - its filled with all sorts of flowering plants that bloom throughout the entire year ... - So many benches to take respite - to watch people as the pass on by or the birds as they play in and out of the foliage.