U.S. Botanic Garden

Washington, DC’s Living Plant Museum on the National Mall

Tourists at the botanic gardens, Washington DC, United States, USA
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The U.S. Botanic Garden, established by Congress in 1820, is a living plant museum located on the National Mall across from the U.S. Capitol. The Conservatory reopened in December 2001 after a four-year renovation, showcasing an impressive state-of-the-art indoor garden with approximately 4,000 seasonal, tropical and subtropical plants. The U.S. Botanic Garden is administered by the Architect of the Capitol and offers special exhibits and educational programs throughout the year.

Also a part of the U. S. Botanic Garden, Bartholdi Park is located across the street from the conservatory. This beautifully landscaped flower garden has as its centerpiece, a classical style fountain that was created by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the French sculptor who also designed the Statue of Liberty.

The National Garden opened in October 2006 as an extension to the U.S. Botanic Garden and serves as an outdoor annex and learning laboratory. The National Garden includes a First Ladies' water garden, an extensive rose garden, a butterfly garden, and a display of a variety of regional trees, shrubs and perennials.

The U.S. Botanic Garden is located across from the U.S. Capitol Building along First St. SW, between Maryland Ave. and C St. Bartholdi Park sits behind the Conservatory and is accessible from Independence Ave., Washington Ave. or First St. The closest Metro station is Federal Center SW.

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The Conservatory is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bartholdi Park is accessible from dawn until dusk.

Official Website: www.usbg.gov