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Garden Party

Saturday, April 7 & Sunday, April 8, 2018
11 am - 4 pm (both days)

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum is hosting a Garden Party to celebrate the warmer weather, and to highlight one of our exhibitions, Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps. The exhibition’s focus is on stamp art that features flowers and diverse elements of a garden, such as birds and flowering trees. The artwork on display represents some of the most attractive pieces in the renowned Postmaster General’s Collection, and we are excited to feature the exhibition as part of this educational, fun and inviting program.

We are teaming up with Smithsonian Gardens, Smithsonian Libraries and local garden clubs, as they are important partners to help us tell the stories about the beauty of the flowering plants on stamps.

Beautiful Bloom exhibit entrance with garden and gate

Come join us at the Garden Party to get to learn about the U.S. Postal Service’s stamp design process, gardens and the Greater Washington D.C. area’s native flowers and plants. All designed to create awareness and appreciation of the beauty around you. The program activities will take place throughout the museum on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Stamp Design Studio

At this station, visitors will learn the basics of the stamp design process and the type of topics featured on the U.S. postage stamps. The flower is a popular topic among stamp collectors, and the USPS reflects that trend by designing many beautiful flower stamps, as shown in our exhibition Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps. While participants are encouraged to make a flower-themed stamp design, they are also invited to be creative and come up with whatever design they want to feature on their personal stamp design.

Make a stamp “bouquet” (Topical Stamp Collection)

This is the Topical Stamp Collection-making station. Visitors will learn about topical collections and will be encouraged to make a flower-themed topical collection. Make and take home a “bouquet” of flowers that was made by using beautiful stamps!

Gardening Workshop with the Experts

You do not want to plant invasive species that negatively influence local flora and fauna in your garden. So how would you start a garden that is friendly to the local eco-system? The Gardening Workshop with the experts can be helpful to answer that and other questions. Timed workshops by the garden experts will be offered throughout the day.

Learn the Language of Flowers

Did you know that flowers were used to express and communicate one’s emotion in the Victorian era (late 19th Century)? Learning the “language of flowers” became a very popular pastime in that era. What did it mean, if you received a purple violet from someone? What about a yellow carnation? Find out those answers and learn more about the language of flowers at this station.

Make a Mini “Garden”

At this station, visitors can get their hands dirty with gardening soil, scoops and seeds of their favorite flowering plants! Make a mini “garden” to take home and enjoy beautiful blooms later on to reminisce about the fun time had at the Postal Museum.

Recharging Station

If you need a little break from the Garden Party, come sit down and take a break while you recharge yourself and your mobile device by our indoor garden. In addition to the seating and charging station, we will have a reading corner with garden and flower-related books for kids and adults, refreshments (complimentary tea, lemonade and sweet treats are provided while supplies last) and relaxing music are offered.

Visit the museum’s event calendar for information on the many fun and educational programs available at the National Postal Museum.