Cultivating America's Gardens Opens
Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian Gardens present a new exhibition, Cultivating America's Gardens, at the National Museum of American History through August 2018. Online visitors may explore the accompanying digital exhibition.
Amateurs and professionals, young and old, schoolchildren and scientists--Americans of every sort--have put their backs into gardening for a variety of motives: beauty, food, science, and prestige. Americans garden to feed themselves and their families and to create a sense of place and beauty in their backyards and beyond. National parks, public parks and gardens, and the individual plots of earth that people cultivate are all examples of their deep connections to the natural world. American garden making has evolved over time, shaped by history, social attitudes, the environment, and new ideas.
Cultivating America's Gardens gives visitors a snapshot of the history and culture of the American garden from its earliest beginnings to present day. The exhibition highlights plant exploration and the establishment of botanical gardens, the rise of the lawn, gardens of the Gilded Age (1870-1900), gardens of World's Fairs, Victory and school gardens, preservation and documentation of historic gardens, the seed industry and plant breeding, and sustainable gardens of today.
Cultivating America's Gardens is made possible through the support of The Burpee Foundation, Inc., whose generous grant funded exhibition design, fabrication, conservation of books and objects, installation, programming, website design, and marketing.

A Gilded Age Garden Party
Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian Gardens invite you to A Gilded Age Garden Party on Friday, June 9 (6:30-8:30 p.m.). This event commemorates the glittering American gardens and culture of the Gilded Age with live music, Instagram-worthy crafts, and food and drink inspired by the era in the Enid A. Haupt Garden, with exclusive access to the historic Arts and Industries Building. Gilded Age-inspired attire is encouraged! Tickets can be purchased online: General Admission ($45) and VIP tickets ($75) are now available. Click here for more information. For questions, contact us at or 202.633.2241.
Dubbed America's 'Gilded Age' by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner, the period between 1870 and 1900 was a time of both great opportunity and extreme economic disparity. Fabulous fortunes were made. The rich displayed their wealth in ornate mansions and grand gardens, and the era saw a surge in philanthropic support for libraries, museums, and public gardens. Garden parties, both extravagant private affairs and public festivities, were a hallmark of the age. On June 9 we invite you to step back in time to celebrate this important period in American garden history with us.
Welcome, Mary!
The Smithsonian Libraries is pleased to announce Mary B. Kozik as the new Director of Advancement & Public Affairs. Mary brings 25 years of non-profit executive leadership experience with her to the Libraries. Serving 20 years in fundraising roles has allowed her to effectively manage comprehensive development programs involving capital campaigns, major gifts/planned giving campaigns, corporate and foundation development, annual campaigns, special events, marketing, public relations and media relations, strategic planning, and board development. Mary has a proven history in building strong operational infrastructures and teams critical to supporting not-for-profit organizations in advancing their fundraising and marketing. 

Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Mary served as Vice President of Development for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (Washington, DC), Senior Director of Development for Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute (Atlanta, Ga.), Chief Advancement Officer for the Preservation Society of Newport County (Newport, R.I.), and previously Chief Development Officer for Lifespan Healthcare System in Rhode Island. Over the course of her career, she has led large development teams raising over $100 million dollars.

Mary is a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Women in Development, Junior League of Atlanta, and former President of the Junior League of Rhode Island. She has served on the board of AFP in Rhode Island and on various other community boards. In recent years, she was the recipient of the Young Alumni Leadership Award from her alma mater, Bryant College, and has received three proclamations from the Mayor of Providence for her commitment to the community. 
BHL at the Earth Optimism Summit
On Earth Day weekend, the Smithsonian Libraries and the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) participated in the Earth Optimism Summit in Washington, DC. Organized by the Smithsonian, the Summit (April 21-23) brought together representatives from a wide array of fields to share conservation success stories and fuel discussions about how to expand conservation impact.
BHL, which is headquartered at Smithsonian Libraries, participated in the Summit with a booth highlighting the many ways that BHL helps save biodiversity by supporting research around the world. Over the three days of the Summit, staff from BHL, the Libraries, and the Library of Congress (a BHL Member library) shared BHL resources and impact stories with over 250 visitors. As the exhibit spaces were also open to the public, booth staff interacted not only with Summit attendees, but also members of the public, including participants of the March for Science on April 22.
Using posters showcasing BHL's impact on conservation and user stories from around the world, and through hands-on demos using the laptop and iPads at the booth, staff introduced many new people to BHL's collections, tools, and services. It was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the ways that BHL's free resources can help support conservation efforts around the world. Learn more

Trade card, C. Ribsam & Sons 
Trenton, New Jersey,1880s
Smithsonian Gardens, Horticultural Artifacts Collection
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