smithsonian Know where to see one of the @SmithsonianGardens living collections? Here’s a hint: look up! The @Smithsonian Tree Collection has close to 1,900 specimens planted around its museums and other facilities.
You can recognize these trees by the small, numbered tags they wear. Here specimens 1237, a Mr. Fuji cherry (Prunus ‘Shirotae’), and 1173, an Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana), model their bling.
The oldest tree is the Smithsonian Witness Elm (pictured left), a majestic American elm (Ulmus Americana) near the Butterfly Habitat Garden and @Smithsoniannmnh. The tree is estimated to be more than 200 years old and is 17.75 feet around and over 85 feet tall.
Thanks for following our @Smithsonian Instagram takeover. Keep up with us at @SmithsonianGardens for more pictures of plants and gardens around the Smithsonian.
#NationalGardenMonth #trees #livingcollection
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smithsonian Celebrate #NationalGardenMonth with a stroll through some of the retro treasures in the Archives of American Gardens at @SmithsonianGardens! The archive includes more than 80,000 images of U.S. gardens from the 1870s to the present.
Images like this World War II-era victory garden photograph from the J. Horace McFarland Company Collection give us a glimpse into historic garden (and fashion!) trends.
Thousands more images from the AAG set are now digitized and available to view online through the Smithsonian Collections Search Center (collections.si.edu). Take a look to see how we’re preserving garden heritage one pixel at a time.
We’re @SmithsonianGardens, and we’ve taken over the Smithsonian’s Instagram account this week. Follow us to see more garden treasures from our collections.
#archives #gardens #tbt
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smithsonian It shouldn’t be a surprise that everything in the Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden is coming up, well, #roses!
After nearly two decades, @SmithsonianGardens is expanding and renovating this treasured garden. The diverse new plant palate planned will mean a beautiful and scented space with less pressure from disease or pests. Plan to stop by to smell the roses (like this “Angel Face”) when the garden reopens later this summer.
You can also follow us on Instagram (@SmithsonianGardens) or on Twitter (@SIGardens) for project updates.
#gardens #beautiful #smelltheroses #NationalGardenMonth
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smithsonian Take a peek inside @SmithsonianGardens’ 64,000 square feet of greenhouse space in Suitland, Maryland. It’s where we house the Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection and produce and maintain plants for the gardens, grounds and horticultural displays throughout the @Smithsonian.

In our production greenhouses, one of which is pictured here, Smithsonian Gardens produces more than 100,000 annual bedding plants, 200 hanging baskets and over 3,000 poinsettias each year.

@SmithsonianGardens has taken over the @Smithsonian account for the week. Like what you see? Follow us and find out more by clicking the link in the bio to visit our website, gardens.si.edu.

#greenhouse #magic #NationalGardenMonth
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smithsonian We’re @SmithsonianGardens and to celebrate #NationalGardenMonth, we’re taking over the @Smithsonian Instagram account this week.

There is a special kind of magic in the gardens during spring. Tree blooms burst open and the thousands of bulbs planted in our 12 public gardens every fall push up for a spectacular spring show. These #tulips bring a splash spring color to our Urban Bird Habitat Garden outside @smithsoniannmnh.

Look forward to beautiful images of our gardens, greenhouse complex, and horticulture-related collections all this week and be sure to follow us at @SmithsonianGardens for garden gems all year long.

#tulips #spring #gardens
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smithsonian Our face when we realize it’s Friday
The @smithsonianzoo recently celebrated the birth of these three new red-ruffed lemurs, a critically endangered species. The babies appear to be healthy and strong, and we’ll know their sexes in the next few weeks.
Red-ruffed lemurs are native to the forests of Madagascar and unlike most primates who carry their offspring with them, they usually leave their young in nests while they search for food.
#WeSaveSpecies #FridayFeeling #ZooBorns
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smithsonian Today we remember musician Prince with his portrait from @smithsoniannpg.
Artist Lynn Goldsmith photographed the pop icon holding his guitar, a number of which were custom-made for him in that style.
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smithsonian Harriet Tubman is the new face of the $20 bill—and just one of the many trailblazers who will be featured when our new National Museum of African American History and Culture opens this fall.
@nmaahc will display some of the objects related to Tubman in our collection (which include her hymnal, shawl, photographs and manuscripts of speeches) in its inaugural slavery and freedom exhibition.
Photo: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Charles L. Blockson.
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smithsonian Before pop artist Roy Lichtenstein painted “I Know How You Must Feel, Brad…” he saw this frame in a newspaper comic by Ted Galindo.
Lichtenstein clipped it out and included it in a 1963 letter to a curator. Now his inspiration is in the collection of our @archivesamerart.
Their exhibition, “Finding: Source Material in the Archives of American Art,” peeks into artists’ creative processes. It opens Friday and runs through August in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.
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  •   ptpomber Can anyone confirm whether the original comic artist was Ted Galindo? I've found little mention of it. Seems appropriate to lend some credit to the inspiration. 1w
  •   smithsonian @ptpomber You're right. The artist is Ted Galindo and we've updated our caption to give him credit. 1w
  •   itzakatewalk Ah I love it! Thank you @lostinv 1w

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smithsonian Where does a work of art end? Robert Irwin challenges boundaries beyond a traditional painting with his series of acrylic discs, including this one, “Untitled,” from 1969.
When the piece is lit, its edges dissolve into the surrounding space. Shadows are cast on the walls. The gallery, as well as how the visitor perceives it, becomes part of the artistic experience.
Robert Irwin: All the Rules Will Change is on view now through September at our @hirshhorn. ‪#‎RobertIrwinHH
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smithsonian On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln drank from this cup before leaving the White House for an evening at Ford’s Theatre.

He couldn’t know what we do now: that John Wilkes Booth’s single bullet would assassinate the president, that Lincoln would die the next morning, and that the course of national history would be changed forever.

A White House servant preserved the cup as a relic from the tragic night, and it was eventually donated by Lincoln’s great-grandson to our @amhistorymuseum.
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smithsonian Did you know Ella Fitzgerald was a big baseball fan? Here she is posing with Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants.
The Queen of Jazz had a collection of autographed baseballs, including signatures from the Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and players from the 1984 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. They’re now in our @amhistorymuseum.
#JazzAppreciationMonth #JAM #BatterUp
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smithsonian This Dendrobium secundum is commonly referred to as the Toothbrush #Orchid. We can see it, but we’re not sure our dentist would approve.
It’s one of the many plants blooming now in @smithsoniangardens’ extensive orchid collection.
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smithsonian How we feel about #NationalPetDay (We are the girl. The cat looks concerned.) "Girl with Cat," by Henry Wolf, from our @americanartmuseum 3w

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smithsonian This photo of behind-the-scenes collections at @smithsoniannmnh has gone viral. But did you know the woman in blue helped make airplanes safer?
Her name was Roxie Collie Laybourne, and she wanted to go to aviation school but wasn’t allowed because she was a woman. Instead, she became a pioneer in bird studies and invented forensic ornithology, which identifies dead birds through feather samples. Data from the field has informed flight plans to avoid collisions with birds, as well as programs to scare away birds at airports.
Her work in the museum’s Feather Identification Lab remains in use to this day.
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smithsonian It’s official: @freersackler has crowned a winner in its #MarchSadness tournament​, and he’s probably the glummest champion ever.
Large Toad, a hanging scroll by Japanese artist Obaku Tokuan, swept the dejected brackets for a crestfallen claim at the tearful title.
#MarchMadness #StriveForGreatness #MadHops
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smithsonian We wish our office supplies looked like this Tiffany set. Designed around 1899 by Louis Comfort Tiffany, it’s now in the collection of our @cooperhewitt.
While Tiffany and Company might be best known for their decorative lamps and stained glass windows, they also produced some more functional objects like the humble desk set. That allowed customers to own fashionable Tiffany pieces at a more affordable price point.

This six-piece set’s grapevine pattern is an iconic Tiffany design that is also the most rare.
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smithsonian April is National Garden Month, and we can’t get enough of these tulips that bloomed over the weekend in the Enid A. Haupt Garden. Thanks for brightening up our Monday, @smithsoniangardens!
This center area is called The Parterre, from the French for “on the ground,” a style typically associated with the Victorian era.
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smithsonian Today, our @amhistorymuseum announced it is switching to an exclusively 1940s menu. Stop in for something scrumptious, like this tomato jelly. Yum! 🍽
#AprilFools #AprilFoolsDay #FoodHistory #Retro
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smithsonian Got a flair for purple? You can thank teenage chemist William Henry Perkin.
His failed search for a malaria treatment did produce one of the world’s first synthetic dyes in 1856, when oily residue from coal tar stained silk a bright purple.
Synthetic dyes spread rapidly through fashion, as you can see with these stylish ladies in the 1861 edition of Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine, now in @silibraries.
#Fashion #FashionHistory #SILcolor #Color
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