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Photo by PoPville flickr user Miki J.

“Dear PoPville,

We all know that pretty garden behind the Smithsonian Castle. Well if you love it, it’s likely not going to be there anymore. Please sign this petition to save the Haupt Garden at the Smithsonian – once we hit a 1,000 we can forward on to the Smithsonian leadership.

If you’ve entered the Smithsonian Institution from Independence Ave., you’ve probably enjoyed the Enid Haupt Garden. The Haupt Garden is a small jewel in the National Mall and a real oasis for both tourists and residents alike.

An important component of the Smithsonian Institution’s proposed “South Mall Campus Master Plan” is to completely demolish the Enid Haupt Garden; the existing entrance pavilions to the National Museum of African Art, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and the S. Dillon Ripley International Center; and the Renwick Gates and Walls at the south edge of the Haupt Garden.

The proposed Smithsonian “South Mall Campus Master Plan” calls for the demolition of the Enid Haupt Garden, the existing entrance pavilions to the National Museum of African Art, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the S. Dillon Ripley International Center, and the Renwick Gates and Walls at the south edge of the Haupt Garden. Information on this plan concept can be found here.”

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Thanks to a reader for sending their sick green roof from Columbia Heights:

“Definitely our green roof. 3.5 stories up, with 270 degree views of the area, including the National Cathedral.

The first picture is the roof in the spring when the rain made everything bloom like mad. The second pic, taken in the morning this summer, gives you a better shot of the seating area.”

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