Botanic Gardens

Washington, DC

Where are we going?

Botanic Gardens
245 First Street Southwest


What is there to do?

Three acres of gardens, including a state-of-the-art building holding over 4000 plants from all over the world - tropical and seasonal plants and it's FREE!!

The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is a living plant museum. Exhibits interpret the role of plants in supporting earth's diverse and fragile ecosystems and in enriching human life. The Conservatory and surrounding terraces, Bartholdi Park, and National Garden are open to the public. Established by Congress in 1820, the U.S. Botanic Garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. The Garden has been administered through the Office of the Architect of the Capitol since 1934.

The Conservatory houses permanent collections of plants from subtropical, tropical, and arid regions and showcases orchids, medicinal, economic, endangered, and Jurassic plants. From late May to mid-October, the Conservatory Terrace features displays of thematic container gardens.

Bartholdi Park is across Independence Avenue from the Conservatory. Here visitors will find a tapestry of theme gardens surrounding the historic Bartholdi Fountain. The gardens suggest interesting plants and designs at a scale suitable for the home landscape.

The National Garden is adjacent to the Conservatory. It features a Mid-Atlantic native plant garden, Rose Garden, First Ladies Water Garden, Butterfly Garden, and Amphitheater.

Need a little extra help?

The Conservatory and outdoor gardens are wheelchair-accessible and we have wheelchairs available for loan. Please come to our Visitor Services desk at the front of the Conservatory to borrow one.


When can we go?

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Every day


Any top tips?

We're open indoors and out every day of the year. Come dressed to enjoy!

I’m Hungry!

Visitors are encouraged to bring brown-bag lunches and eat on our grounds. In addition, we are located across from the Capitol near the National Mall where a multitude of dining opportunities are offered. - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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