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Washington -- Mary Livingston Ripley Garden

Advocate:
Ripley, Mary Livingston.  Search this
Landscape architect:
Jacobsen, Hugh Newell  Search this
Horticulturist:
Draper, Janet.  Search this
Donor:
Folger, Kathrine Dulin.  Search this
Smithsonian Women's Committee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Digital images
Slides (photographs)
Photographic prints
Negatives
Place:
United States of America -- District of Columbia -- Washington
Varying Form:
East or Victorian Fragrance Garden, formerly known as.
General:
The Mary Livingston Ripley Garden is a half-acre ornamental garden with over one thousand different plantings. Located between the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the garden is immediately south of the National Mall and lies partly over the roof of the 9th Street tunnel, which was completed in 1971. The garden's beginning stems from tragedy; in 1976, a fire destroyed the Litchfield, Connecticut home of Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley. Winter creeper, trained as espaliers by Ripley's mother, were rescued and replanted on the west side of the Hirshhorn's perimeter wall, which had been constructed two years prior. Ripley's wife Mary, a scholar and avid gardener, saw potential in the space as an inclusive garden accessible even to visitors who were visually impaired or in wheelchairs - a garden filled with fragrant plantings on raised beds. For funding, Mrs. Ripley appealed to the Smithsonian Women's Committee (SWC) which she herself had founded in 1966, and of which she was a former president. The SWC agreed and awarded a contract to the architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen in July 1978 for the design and construction. Construction was completed in 1981.
In 1988, the SWC renamed the garden as the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden, in honor of Mrs. Ripley's vision for what would otherwise have likely become a parking lot. Kathrine Dulin Folger, a supporter of the Smithsonian Institution and proponent of horticulture, established an endowment fund for the continued care of the garden in 1994. Horticulturalist Janet Draper began tending the garden in 1997, with the goal to expose visitors to a wide variety of ornamental plants coexisting in harmony. In 2009, foot traffic from crowds during the January 20th presidential inauguration of Barack Obama seemingly destroyed the garden. However, spring that year brought unexpected regrowth, demonstrating that this garden's strengths lie not only in aesthetics, but also in physical resilience.
The Ripley Garden's geometry is unusual in that its paths are predominantly curvilinear. This layout is meant to encourage visitors to slow down and enjoy the plantings. The paths and raised beds are constructed of brick. Features include an antique cast iron fountain, benches placed in alcoves, small birdhouses, and a vertical living wall installed in 2013.
Plantings include daylilies (Hemerocallis 'Mango Thrills'), tulips (Tulipa 'Snow Parrot,' 'Zurel,' 'Violet Beauty,' and 'Negrita'), grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum), witch hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia 'Arnold Promise'), Lenten rose (Helleborus x hybridus), and columbine (Aquilegia sp.).
See also Arts and Industries Building -- East/Fragrance Garden for an additional 822 35mm slides (photographs).
Persons associated with the garden include: Mary Livingston Ripley (advocate, circa 1970s). Smithsonian Women's Committee (donor, 1978). Hugh Newell Jacobsen (landscape architect, 1978-1981). Kathrine Dulin Folger (donor, 1994). Janet Draper (horticulturist, 1997- ).
Related Materials:
Mary Livingston Ripley Garden related holdings consist of 1,236 35mm slides (photographs), 164 photographic prints, negatives, and digital images
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Gardens -- District of Columbia -- Washington  Search this
Genre/Form:
Digital images
Slides (photographs)
Photographic prints
Negatives
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Gardens Image Library, Archives of American Gardens, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAG.SGI, File SG005
See more items in:
Smithsonian Gardens Image Library
Smithsonian Gardens Image Library / Series 1: Garden Images / United States of America / District of Columbia
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6ba7fbf16-848d-4402-a60b-3dea8fa383ee
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-sgi-ref8

S. Dillon Ripley Family

Author:
Budney, Thomas  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Mary Moncrieffe Livingston  Search this
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Ripley, Rosemary L  Search this
Addison, Sylvia McNeill Ripley  Search this
Miller, Julie Dillon Ripley  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 4w x 6h; Type of Image: Group; Medium: Photographic print
Place:
Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
c. 1983
Topic:
Grounds  Search this
Secretaries  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2007-0068
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_11875

Ripley Family with Percy Family at Alnwick Castle

Author:
Rinzler, Ralph  Search this
Subject:
Smithson, James 1765-1829  Search this
Smithson, Hugh, Sir 1715-1786  Search this
Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001  Search this
Ripley, Mary Moncrieffe Livingston  Search this
Alnwick Castle (Alnwick, England)  Search this
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Event; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Event
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1982
Topic:
Percy, Hugh Algernon  Search this
Percy, Elizabeth  Search this
Secretaries  Search this
Addison, Christopher  Search this
Northumberland, England  Search this
Percy, James, Lord  Search this
LaRiche, Christopher  Search this
Addison, Sylvia Ripley  Search this
Event  Search this
Nobility  Search this
Secretariats  Search this
Smithson family  Search this
Standard number:
2003-19573
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_8787

Opening of Jade Gallery in Hall of Gems

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Ripley, Mary Livingston  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
120mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1965
December 16, 1965
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-793R1]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_371712

Opening of Jade Gallery in Hall of Gems

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Ripley, Mary Livingston  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
120mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1965
December 16, 1965
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-793R2]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_371713

Party for Diplomats at Museum of History and Technology

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Ripley, Mary Livingston  Search this
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
120mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1965
Between 1965 and 1971
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-796R1]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_371716

Party for Diplomats at Museum of History and Technology

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Ripley, Mary Livingston  Search this
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
120mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1965
Between 1965 and 1971
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-796R3]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_371718

Joy Adamson and Mary Livingston Ripley at National Zoological Park with Lion Cub

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Mary Livingston  Search this
Reed, Theodore H  Search this
Adamson, Joy  Search this
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1966
March 29, 1966
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-845R2]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_371764

Joy Adamson and Mary Livingston Ripley at National Zoological Park with Lion Cub

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Reed, Theodore H  Search this
Ripley, Mary Livingston  Search this
Adamson, Joy  Search this
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
120mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1966
March 29, 1966
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-845R1]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_371772

Music-on-the-Mall with Adlai E. Stevenson

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Ripley, Mary Livingston  Search this
Taylor, Frank A (Frank Augustus) 1903-2007  Search this
Stevenson, Adlai E (Adlai Ewing) 1900-1965  Search this
Watts, Andre  Search this
Mitchell, Howard 1911-1988  Search this
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)  Search this
National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
120mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1965
May 30, 1965
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-814R1]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_371785

Reception at National Zoo

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Bradley, James C. 1910-1984  Search this
Ripley, Mary Livingston  Search this
Reed, Theodore H  Search this
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
120mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1966
April 11, 1966
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-869R1]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_371807

"American Landscape: A Changing Frontier" Exhibition Reception

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Ripley, Mary Livingston  Search this
Bradley, James C. 1910-1984  Search this
Scott, David W. 1916-  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
120mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1966
April 27, 1966
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-874R1]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_371815

Luncheon Committee Meeting

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Mary Livingston  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1967
March 22, 1967
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-1017]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_371972

Mary Livingston Ripley in Winton Racer

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Mary Livingston  Search this
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
120mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1967
May 17, 1967
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-1037R1]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_371993

Mary Livingston Ripley in Winton Racer

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, Mary Livingston  Search this
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
120mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1967
May 17, 1967
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-1037R2]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_371994

Dinner and Dance at Museum of History and Technology

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Ripley, Mary Livingston  Search this
Nehru, B. K (Braj Kumar) 1909-2001  Search this
Nehru, Shobha  Search this
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1967
February 21, 1967
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-995]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_372013

Link Foundation Dinner

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Ripley, Mary Livingston  Search this
Galler, Sidney Roland 1920-  Search this
Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)  Search this
Link Foundation  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1967
February 21, 1967
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-997]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_372016

Presentation Luncheon with Dr. Charles Greeley Abbot; Group Portrait of Smithsonian Institution Secretaries

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973  Search this
Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) 1872-1973  Search this
Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978  Search this
Warren, Earl 1891-1974  Search this
Ripley, Mary Livingston  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1967
May 31, 1967
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-1057]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_372039

Reception for Exhibition of Tunisian Mosaics

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Ripley, Mary Livingston  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1967
June 7, 1967
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-1062]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_372044

Presentation of Aircraft "Caroline" by the Kennedy Family

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Kennedy, Robert F. 1925-1968  Search this
Kennedy, Edward M (Edward Moore) 1932-2009  Search this
Kennedy, Joan Bennett  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Ripley, Mary Livingston  Search this
Shriver, Eunice Kennedy  Search this
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Washington National Airport  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1967
November 17, 1967
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-1124]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_372121

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