Photo Courtesy of U.S.Botanic Garden
Visiting the United States Botanic Garden
The United States Botanic Garden sits right near the U.S. Capitol and offers a beautiful respite from more traditional sightseeing or an excellent destination trip for any gardener. Originally conceived in 1820, the Bartholdi Garden was created in 1932 and the Conservatory was built in 1933. Today, the U.S. Botanic Garden is under the jurisdiction of the Architect of the Capitol.
Special Garden Features at the United States Botanic Garden
The United States Botanic Garden consists of three main features:
- The National Garden (opened in 2006), with three acres of plantings featuring native plants of the Mid-Atlantic region.
- Bartholdi Park, centered around the 30-foot-tall Bartholdi Fountain, with plantings emphasizing sustainable gardening designs for the home gardener.
- Conservatory (renovated from 1997-2001), with 4,000 species of plants, an extensive orchid collection and changing displays and exhibits.
Tips for Visiting the United States Botanic Garden
- The United States Botanic Garden is open 365 days per year with no admission fee and frequently offers lectures, workshops, special tours and other programs.
- Bring a notepad and pen, as most shrubs and perennials are labeled.
- Look for the huge fountain. Bartholdi Park is actually located across Pennsylvania Avenue from the Conservatory building. If you don’t see a massive baroque fountain, you haven’t found the Bartholdi Park, a not-to-be-missed horticultural gem of the city.
- Consider the timing of your visit. Bartholdi Park is a popular lunchtime location for workers in nearby government offices, especially on warm days. If you’re intention is to study the plants and designs, you may want to avoid mid-day visits.
- Parking is extremely scarce, as are nearby restaurants or shops, so bring a backpack and plan to walk a few blocks from your vehicle or Metro.
100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024