United States Botanic Garden

100 Maryland Avenue Southwest
Washington, DC - 20001

Type: Parks
(202) 225-8333

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The United States Botanic Garden (USBG), situated on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1820, the USBG aims to demonstrate the importance of plants to the well-being of humans and the environment through its diverse collection of living plants and educational programs.

The USBG consists of three distinct areas: the Conservatory, the National Garden, and the Bartholdi Park. The Conservatory, a historic greenhouse, features a stunning array of plant species from around the world, including tropical rainforests, deserts, and seasonal exhibits. Visitors can explore themed rooms, such as the Orchid Room and the Medicinal Plants Room, and learn about plant conservation and sustainability efforts.

Adjacent to the Conservatory is the National Garden, an outdoor oasis showcasing the diversity of American flora. Highlights include the Rose Garden, the Butterfly Garden, and the First Ladies Water Garden, which features plants associated with former First Ladies of the United States. The National Garden also includes the Regional Garden, which celebrates the unique plant communities found in different regions of the country.

Finally, Bartholdi Park, located across Independence Avenue from the Conservatory, offers visitors a tranquil escape with its formal gardens, ornamental plants, and shaded pathways. Throughout the year, the USBG hosts educational programs, workshops, and special events for visitors of all ages, making it a vibrant hub of botanical learning and exploration in the heart of the nation's capital.

The United States Botanic Garden is open to the public year-round, with free admission. Whether you're a plant enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply looking for a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, the USBG invites visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty and wonder of the plant world.

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