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Homeschool Program: Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard 


Monday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Eustis Estate, 1424 Canton Avenue, Milton, Mass.

Art and Design. Ages 5-12.

In the 1950s, Americans started viewing their backyards in a new way, seeing them more as an extension of their home - a place for relaxing, cooking, entertaining, and play. Visit the Eustis Estate and take a landscape tour of the property to see how the Eustis family used their land in a variety of ways. In the galleries, participants explore the exhibition, Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard. Taking inspiration from the photographs, advertisements, gardens, and landscape designs in the exhibition, participants design and create their own dream backyard plans.

Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard is presented by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Smithsonian Gardens’ Archive of American Gardens.


Advance registration required. No registrations will be accepted on the day of the program. One adult per family admitted free, additional adults pay full price. Each program is limited to 24 people. These are not drop-off programs – children must be accompanied by an adult. Strollers and backpack carriers are not permitted in the house museums.



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