Swing Into Victory! A World War II Era Garden Party

Smithsonian Gardens &
Smithsonian Libraries
want YOU to join us for a
Garden Party for Victory.
You CAN do it!

Swing Into Victory

Garden Party

Friday, May 18, 2018, 6:00-8:30pm

Join us to celebrate the patriotic American food gardens of World War II with live music, swing dancing, canning demonstrations, activities, tastings, and food and drink inspired by the era.

Rain or Shine, you’ll have a swell time!

The Enid A. Haupt Garden, East Terrace Walk
and the Arts and Industries Building
900 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, DC

Service uniform, cocktail attire, or 1940’s dress encouraged!

General Admission $50/ticket. Each ticket includes two drinks, food, and all activities and crafts


Gardens to Glass Cocktail Contest
Local distilleries compete to create the best garden-fresh cocktail inspired by WWII victory gardens. Sample the libations, learn how to make them at home, and vote for your favorite cocktail. Contest participants: Right Proper Brewing Company, Don Ciccio & Figli Italian Aperitifs, and Mixologist Dan Searing.

Can All You Can
Learn how to preserve your perishable produce and shelve future meals. Pickles, jams and salsas win the battloe against boring meals.

War on Waste
Don't toss it, grow it! Discover ten vegetables you can grow from kitchen scraps and no cost containers saved from the recycling bin.

Period Pics
Step back in time to the 1940's with our green screen and snap a souvenir Polaroid of you winning the war on the home front!

Field Equipment (Tools for Success)
SEE! vintage gardening tools on display. COME! handle those tools of the trade and learn from our Victory Garden horticulturist about cultivating heirloom crops with heirloom implements.

Recipe for Victory
Browse victory garden cookbooks and seed catalogs and learn how victory gardens supplemented wartime diets.  Pick up a Burpee seed packet to start your very own victory garden. 

Photo Ops with Women's Land Army Props
Don a kerchief, straw hat, or sport a tattoo to show your patriotism!

Time to Get Swingin'
Seasoned swing dancers will show you the moves as Sean Lane and the Bay Jazz Project perform jazz music popular in the 1940's.

Guests should enter the Haupt
Garden via the east entrance
off Jefferson Avenue nearest
the Arts and Indutries Building.

For questions, contact us at
or 202-633-2220.