We welcome you to join your colleagues for a special early evening viewing of the glorious gardens located on the National Mall at the heart of the nation's capital. The evening will begin in the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building with a brief welcome program, then move into the Smithsonian's Gardens' Enid A. Haupt Garden for drinks, music, and a taste of small bites as diverse as the Smithsonian's collections.
Guests will then proceed along the National Mall on a self-guided tour to arrive at the United States Botanic Garden. There you will have an opportunity to tour the gardens and a special exhibit which includes vignettes and displays of Association member gardens. All while enjoying Hawaiian appetizers, drinks, and music.
Please Note: There is no cost or pre-registration required for attendees for this event. However, registration (with fee) is required for guests.
HOTEL DEPARTURE: Buses load and depart outside the Blue Room Prefunction on the East side of the conference hotel. Buses will begin loading at 4:45 p.m, departing as they fill, with the last bus departing the hotel at 5:15 p.m. Please arrive promptly within the bus loading window.
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.
USBG DEPARTURE: At the end of the evening, buses will begin loading at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) and depart back to the hotel starting at approx. 7:00 p.m. The last bus will depart promptly at 8:00 p.m.
(Photo credit: Architect of the Capitol)