Garden City is coming soon to the Mall in Washington, D.C. and its owners are planning to build a new garden on the National Capital Region’s main thoroughfare, according to a new development application submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The National Mall Garden is the most recent project in a string of major new developments at the National Gardens, where it will be the first permanent garden to open since the Great Lawn opened in 1968.
The first major expansion of the National Park Service’s National Garden, the garden will house more than 10,000 plants, including the world-renowned kudzu.
Garden city, which has been operating under a partnership with the National Parks Service since 2011, is also planning a new urban farm in the National Garden in the near future.
The project will feature a new landscaping plan, a “farm to park” program, an outdoor patio and an outdoor plaza.
Garden city, whose location on the Mall is adjacent to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo, is seeking a $5.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for the project.
Gardening company Garden City announced in November that it would build a 50,000-square-foot indoor farm on the U-shaped Mall near the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The plan calls for building a “garden center” with a “pilot greenhouse” and a “greenhouse farm.”
Garden City said in a statement that the project will be a collaboration between the park and the Smithsonian National Zoo and will bring “a unique opportunity for the National Zoo to create a new and unique attraction and outdoor space for the Smithsonian’s National Gardens.”
The Smithsonian National Gardens is a National Historic Landmark and is the only National Park and National Historic Preservation Landmark on the East Coast.