The United States Botanic Gardens are span three whole acres of gardens, including a state-of-the-art building holding over 4000 plants from all over the world - tropical and seasonal plants, and best of all it's FREE admission!
The United States Botanic Garden was actually a wish of the great George Washington, who more than 200 years ago had a vision for the US capital city to include a botanic garden that would demonstrate the importance of plants to the young nation.
Well it happened, because in 1820 the garden was established, making it the OLDEST botanic gardens in the entire nation! This beautiful part of Washington DC 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 houses permanent collections of plants from subtropical, tropical, and arid regions and showcases a range of stunning flowers including orchids, and even medicinal, endangered, and yes - Jurassic plants.
Don't miss a visit from late May to mid-October, because the Conservatory Terrace features displays of thematic container gardens. Bartholdi Park is across Independence Avenue from the Conservatory and is open from dawn to dusk, and it's here you 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, which holds a Mid-Atlantic native plant garden, Rose Garden, First Ladies Water Garden, Butterfly Garden, and Amphitheater
It's time for a beautiful and nature inspired family day out in the nation's capital!>
The United States Botanic Garden is an institution dedicated to demonstrating the aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic, and ecological importance of plants to the well-being of humankind. They foster conservation by acting as a repository for endangered species and our programs always seek to inform the public about the value of plants in nature. They are also leaders in sustainability policy and practice and their gardens include a rainwater garden that demonstrates smart water practices.
There aren't any dining facilities in the gardens
They are open indoors and outdoors every day of the year. Come dressed to enjoy!
There is no gift shop at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Nearby gift shops are located at the Capitol Visitor Center, the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court
They have some really great field trip options for kids. Whether through art, science, storytelling or wonder, their living classrooms offer amazing opportunities for plant-based learning. Check out the various programs on their website
You are encouraged to bring brown-bag lunches and eat on their beautiful grounds. In addition, they are located across from the Capitol near the National Mall where a multitude of dining opportunities are offered.
The Conservatory and outdoor gardens are wheelchair-accessible and there are wheelchairs available for loan. Just head to Visitor Services desk at the front of the Conservatory to borrow one.