Garden Fest 2012: Gardening for Healthy Living
Here at Smithsonian Gardens we have been working hard for the past few months to plan our annual Garden Fest event. The theme of this year’s Garden Fest is Gardening for Healthy Living, inspired by our newest education program, Let’s Move! with Smithsonian Gardens. We have planned more than twenty garden-themed activities to show our visitors all the different ways that they can stay healthy and active in the garden.
We are excited to have our friends from other public gardens join Smithsonian Gardens for this cannot-miss event, including Hillwood Museum & Gardens, Brookside Gardens, Green Spring Gardens and the American Horticultural Society. And there are some local museums joining the fun as well including the National Gallery of Art, Freer-Sackler Gallery, and the National Zoo.
As Smithsonian Gardens’ education intern, I got the chance to witness firsthand all of the hard work that goes into planning such a big event. In addition to the core Garden Fest team, many of our horticulturalists lent a hand in planning their own activities to showcase healthy living in the garden. In addition, our entire staff is prepped and ready to pull everything together in the coming week to make this event a success. From developing activities to making posters to setting up tables, everyone here at Smithsonian Gardens has pitched in to make this year’s Garden Fest the best yet!
Beyond helping in the planning of this event, I also got to work on the Let’s Move! with Smithsonian Gardens activity. Let’s Move! interpretative panels will be featured throughout the Haupt Garden during the event. Each participant will get a copy of our Let’s Move! Healthy Hunt Guide. Then visitors can start searching for each of the ten panels scattered around the garden. Volunteers from our Garden Interpreter program will be ready and waiting to stamp the guides as visitors complete the panel activities. Everyone who completes the hunt will receive a prize!
This is only one of the many great activities we have planned for Garden Fest 2012. It takes place on May 11th from 11am to 1:30pm and May 12th from 11am to 3pm in the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle. See our website for more information.
We hope to see you moving at Garden Fest!
Bridget Sullivan, Education Intern