Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Natural History on the Big Screen: A Community of Gardeners

Archived Webinar

This Zoom webinar with Cintia Cabib, Carrie Seltzer, and Gary Krupnick aired April 27, 2021, as part of the "Natural History on the Big Screen" series. Watch a recording in the player above.


The District of Columbia has a vibrant network of Community Gardens where people, plants, pollinators, and other wildlife intermingle. Watch a discussion on the importance of community gardens and the roles they play in our neighborhoods. Filmmaker Cintia Cabib discusses her film, "A Community of Gardeners," giving her perspective on what gardening can do for an urban community. Gary Krupnick, from the Smithsonian’s Plant Conservation Unit, talks about a new pollinator project for community gardeners in D.C. Carrie Seltzer from iNaturalist explains how gardeners can participate in the 2021 City Nature Challenge DC.

Moderator: Naimah Muhammad, a public programs coordinator at the museum.

About the Film

"A Community of Gardeners" explores the vital role of seven Washington, D.C., community gardens as sources of fresh, nutritious food, outdoor classrooms, places of healing, links to immigrants’ native countries, centers of social interaction, and oases of beauty and calm in inner-city neighborhoods. The film also looks back on the history of community gardens in the United States, from the potato patch farms of the late 19th century, to the victory gardens of World War II, to community gardening’s current renaissance. Visit the film's website at

Resource Type
Videos and Webcasts
Life Science