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United States Botanic Garden

Botanical Garden and Garden
Southwest Washington, Washington
  • Shannon A.
    "Check out orchid exhibit!"(4 Tips)
    Samir L.
    "beautiful indoor garden and pond near the Capitol building."(5 Tips)
    Derek F.
    "Amazing free train exhibit"(3 Tips)
    Francesca F.
    "... is a must see, the rose garden is absolutely beautiful. I definitely..."(2 Tips)
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  • Derek F.
    Derek FromsonDecember 30, 2013
    Amazing free train exhibit if you happen to come during the holiday season. 2013's theme was World's Fair exhibits from the past. Mini replicas of famous Washingtoninan landmarks add a nice touch.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    For most visitors, it’s less about seeing how plants grow than making use of the benches, tables, and chairs that the park has to offer—not to mention wonderful views of the Capitol. Read more
  • veronika s.
    veronika siatkaFebruary 9, 2015
    It has several different sections from different parts of the world with many beautiful trees and plant and it was really my favorite part of Washington, D.C.!!!
  • Andrei P.
    Andrei PonzeAugust 10, 2013
    It was great!! Lotta strollers and packed with families and student groups. Not the usual herd of tourists but definitely worth while a visit before it gets too cool. Fantastic green house architectür
  • Paul K.
    Paul KrzychJuly 23, 2015
    This is truly the gem of Capitol Hill. A wonderful staff, beautiful flowers, and ever changing exhibits. A nice spot to dine al fresco.
  • Emma M.
    Emma McTagueDecember 22, 2015
    Come during Christmas. The trains and mini wooden versions of world landmarks are worth the extra crowds. And it's open late Tuesday's and Thursday's then!
  • Ayman S.
    Ayman SirajMarch 19
    Good place to walk around and get to know about plants from across the world. Gets a bit crowded. There's a lake right outside for good photo op.
  • The Telegraph
    The TelegraphMarch 12, 2013
    3pm: Slow things down with a walk through the United States Botanic Gardens. Free tours last 45 minutes and take visitors through the Conservatory. Nearest Metro stop: Federal Center.
  • The Transit Navigator
    The Transit NavigatorSeptember 25, 2011
    This wonderful garden is often overshadowed by the surrounding sites. Nevertheless, it contains a beautiful collection of plants and flowers. Definitely stop by, and bring a book to read on a bench!
  • Donna T.
    Donna TroyJuly 31, 2013
    If you're packing a lunch for your DC tour, be sure to eat it here. There are plenty of tables outside in the garden with umbrellas to shade you from the sun.
  • Francesca F.
    Francesca FicaraFebruary 19, 2013
    The Botanical Garden in D.C. is a must see, the rose garden is absolutely beautiful. I definitely recommend going during the week though to miss the big crowds.
  • U.S. Capitol
    U.S. CapitolDecember 29, 2011
    United States Botanic Garden exhibits span 150 million years, the range of global environments, as well as botany, economy and culture all the ways plants are important to how we live. Read more
  • Jan M.
    Jan MorrisAugust 28, 2013
    The botanic Garden does not open till 10 but if you go early you can enjoy the outside gardens before the crowds arrive.
    HISTORYApril 1, 2010
    The garden is a living plant museum & was established by Congress in 1820. The Conservatory reopened in Dec 2001 after a four-year renovation,with approx 4,000 seasonal, tropical & subtropical plants.
  • Rachel
    RachelApril 14, 2015
    Beautiful outdoor gardens and indoor greenhouse. I am so glad I checked this place out!
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LNovember 3, 2014
    Awesome space if you're into botany or museums. It's free and has a great selection of flowers and plants. Make sure to visit every room.
    Upvoted Aug 29
  • Affinia Hotel Collection
    Located on the Capitol Grounds, the Botanic Garden features a variety of living exhibits and seasonal installments with environmental and educational features in the National Garden.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Visiting the museums? Security's tightened; many require visitors to pass through metal detectors & have bags searched. Some sites may limit which items may be carried inside. -- Green Guide Editor
  • Cassie P.
    Cassie PAugust 24, 2013
    Explored this place by myself but great thing about it was that it was free! Close to all the museums and the Capitol!
  • Sarah
    SarahOctober 10, 2012
    Find a docent & enjoy the privilege of learning many interesting facts not otherwise obvious, like which trees were of the original 1839 collection. Who knew palms could get so old?
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJune 24, 2011
    Did you know? The gardens were founded in part to house plants acquired by the Wilkes Expedition to the South and Central Pacific. It was on this voyage that Antarctica was confirmed to be a continent Read more
  • P B.
    P BAugust 7, 2014
    One of DCs hidden gems. A great place to sit and relax in the middle of the busy mall
  • Tim F.
    Tim FMarch 29
    Great seasonal and holiday exhibits! Our kids love it
  • Hannah S.
    Hannah SolbachMarch 20, 2011
    of all the places in D.C. that I've visited, this little gem is my favorite. Make sure you go up on the mezzanine in the Jungle section. Beautiful!
  • Olivia D.
    Olivia DiNucciOctober 14, 2012
    Looking for a unique place to study or read? This is your place..they provide a bunch of super comfy outside seating.
    USA TODAYNovember 22, 2010
    Renowned for the rose garden, butterfly gardenand First Ladies' water garden, the facility has educational offerings too, including water conservation, composting and waste reduction. Read more
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary RandApril 20, 2015
    Stunningly beautiful. A must-see for anyone who appreciates nature.
  • Alexander M.
    Alexander MorozovJuly 28, 2013
    Orchid lovers come to botanical garden. There is a special room with them.
  • Samir L.
    Samir LJune 29
    Relaxing and beautiful indoor garden and pond near the Capitol building.
  • Brett p.
    Brett payneJuly 8, 2015
    You have to check out the regional garden on the side it's a real delight
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJuly 29, 2015
    Revel in the beauty of over 4,000 seasonal, tropical and subtropical plants at this living plant museum
  • Zümra U.
    Zümra U. GülerJuly 6, 2013
    A great place to see the plants you'll never see again. After a hot day, AC and garden feel like heaven.
  • Leslie G.
    Leslie GottliebJune 19, 2012
    Lots of beautiful plants. The children's area has a bamboo grove to hide in and plants to water.
  • Miguel d.
    Miguel de LeonMay 19, 2015
    Neat space with lots of little nooks for different plant habitats.
  • Niels S.
    Niels SwimbergheMay 10, 2015
    I just come here to relax, also great place to eat your lunch.
  • Marcello M.
    Marcello MarcheseOctober 30, 2015
    Unexpectedly pleasant and interesting. A nice break from government buildings.
  • veronika s.
    veronika siatkaFebruary 9, 2015
    A place you definitely need to visit!!!
  • Bill M.
    A wonderful place that is both a learning and fun experience !
  • Everton B.
    Everton BatistaJuly 23, 2013
    Beautiful variety of plants an flowers from around the world.
  • Armie
    ArmieJune 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
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  • Shannon B.
    Shannon Babe-ThomasNovember 26, 2012
    The holiday display is amazing!!! In the evening you can enjoy the display while listening to holiday music.
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGNovember 22, 2015
    Cool garden and all decked out for the holiday season.
  • Naciye A.
    Naciye AciyanAugust 13, 2013
    I couldnt even count the different kind of orchids. Its amazing
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JorgensonNovember 6, 2014
    Decent gardens with a wide variety of cultivars.
  • U.S. Capitol
    U.S. CapitolDecember 29, 2011
    Bartholdi Park was created in 1932 and named for Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, the sculptor of the historic fountain located at its center. Read more
  • Jenn F.
    Jenn ForagerApril 23, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Hoorah! The Children's Garden and Southern Exposure Garden are open again!
  • Anna F.
    Anna FaderDecember 6, 2015
    Really small but lovely conservatory.
  • Toby U.
    Toby UlmJuly 23, 2012
    All the plants go to bed at 5pm. So get there before then. It's a very nice place to be.
  • jeyo
    jeyoDecember 14, 2015
    So beautiful, and there's currently a very exciting Christmas display going on!
  • Bill M.
    The setting and the way it is designed !
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