The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens
collects, preserves, and provides access to visual resources that document the history of gardens in America. The Archives inspires new ways of interpreting garden history and design so that America’s rich garden heritage can be better understood, appreciated, and enjoyed today and in the future.
Below are a sampling of image selections that highlight garden design styles, features, and structures represented across the collections. Mystery Gardens includes a sampling of unidentified images across the collections that need a bit of sleuthing to be positively identified.