American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C. June 17-21, 2019

Collecting Plants and Bugs: Collections of the National Museum of Natural History
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Friday, June 21, 2019 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Smithsonian Museums and Gardens-National Museum of National History
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Come join Smithsonian scientists and curators for an intimate, privately curated, behind-the-scenes tour of the National Herbarium, Entomological Collections, and Smithsonian Gardens as we explore these immense world-class collections. Founded in 1848, the United States National Herbarium is home to five million specimens and represents 8% of the plant collections resources in the world. Similarly, the Smithsonian Insect Collection houses one of the largest entomological collections in the world. With over 35 million specimens, the Smithsonian insect collection accounts for 60% of known insect families, while highlighting the beautiful diversity of bees, butterflies, and bugs from around the world.

After seeing the preserved specimens inside, stroll outside with Smithsonian Gardens staff and see our living collection of plant life surround the museum, including the Urban Bird Habitat and the Pollinator Garden. Both of these gardens are like museum galleries that enhance the messaging inside the museum and showcase tough plants that support wildlife habitat in a highly urban area. 

Lunch will be provided.

Please Note: You will need to pass through a security check-point, so please leave your garden pruners and grafting knives at home. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes as we will be outdoors for a portion of this tour. 

IMPORTANT: This tour has a very limited capacity and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis only. This tour will eventually end up at Brookside Gardens. It will not be returning to the conference hotel.

Departure: Tours depart outside the Blue Room Prefunction on the East side of the conference hotel. Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to departure time.

Additionally, the Association will not be able to accommodate participants driving their own vehicles to/from offsite locations. All attendees must board the bus at the hotel and return with the group at the scheduled times.

(Photo: United States National Herbarium, National Museum of Natural History)