The gardens and landscape surrounding the museum are not a botanical collection maintained for scientific purposes, but an artistic composition that captures a significant period in the history of American horticulture. This landscape is a significant cultural artifiact and its components - plants, architecture, and decorative objects - are preserved and managed as a collection. The plant collection is managed through our plant records system and documents woody plants and other taxa that are part of the designed landscape. There are currently 7,508 accessioned taxa (different kinds of plants) in our "living collections."
More information about our Garden collections:
- Plant Database
- What's in Bloom
- Yearly Bloom Calendar
- Major Plant Groupings
- Summer Color in the Garden
- Fall Color in the Garden
Learn how to donate a bench or tree to become a part of the garden collection.