Human Flower Project
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Inauguration Flattens the Ripley Garden
History-making crowds at the Obama inauguration mean the Smithsonian’s garden must begin again.
Rohdea, crushed in the Ripley Garden, Washington, D.C.
Photo: Courtesy of Janet Draper
Since transparency is a pledge of the incoming Obama administration, we won’t flinch from disclosing a sad outcome of his mobbed inauguration.
In all the exuberance, the Smithsonian’s Ripley Garden was trampled. With a beautiful (and educational) collection of more than 200 plants, some of them extremely rare, the Ripley sits between the Hirschhorn Museum and the Arts and Industries Building, on the south side of the National Mall. It’s a mere mile from the steps of the U.S. Capitol, where Obama took the oath of office – before an estimated 2 million supporters. Just consider this, all of you who garden near elementary schools!