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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 »
  • This is a park located in Washington, DC. Red brick Smithsonian Castle atmosphere different from the present-day city of Washington DC, and has beautiful parks different fountains and birds, and seasonal flowers.
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  • Totally awesome venue. Was here for a reception and they had the garden area set up in a very cool way.
  • Peaceful place to sit and relax. Museums near by. Beautiful
  • If you stick to the Mall side of everything only, you could easily miss this gem. Beautiful landscaping. Huge array of plants, trees and flowers, and unique benches that provide respite. Wifi signal is strong in the garden and there is some shade.
  • Its a beautiful garden year round. A nice resting place tucked in between museums
  • Magnificent buildings, artwork, history, gardens, sculptures, and more. All Smithsonian buildings in this are are free to the public. You could easily spend an entire day just checking out the splendid Smithsonian locations.