The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Parterre—from a French term meaning "on or along the ground"—originated in the 16th-century Renaissance Italy as an ornamental garden style. The style, which defines garden pace by arranging hedges, flowers, grass, water, and gravel to form a pleasing pattern, was adapted in France in the 1580s and became exceedingly popular. Parterre fell out of favor in the 18th century during a shift to more naturalistic designs. • During the Victorian era, parterre enjoyed an exuberant revival in the United States. The Sunken Garden at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia featured a parterre whose design later inspired the Smithsonian Castle's original parterre. Created for America's Bicentennial, that parterre was removed in the 1980s for the construction of the underground museum complex and rebuilt as the centerpiece of the Enid A. Haupt Garden.
Smithsonian Institution, Horticulture Services Division, Archives of American Gardens
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Erected by Smithsonian Gardens.
Location. 38° 53.28′ N, 77° 1.559′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 Independence Avenue SW, Washington DC 20560, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The pillars of the Renwick Gates... (a few steps from this marker); Enid A. Haupt Garden (a few steps from this marker); Constantine L. Seferlis (a few steps from this marker); Yinka Shonibare MBE (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Enid A. Haupt Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Spencer Fullerton Baird (within shouting distance of this marker); "Nature is my religion." -- Enid A. Haupt (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew Jackson Downing (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
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