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United States Botanic Garden, Washington DC

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Stroll through the flowers at United States Botanic Garden on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol building. The land on which the conservatory and gardens stand was once swampland. Thomas Jefferson is believed to be the first to suggest cleaning up the area to beautify the nation's main reception. Look for the Bartholdi Fountain in the gardens as you admire the plants, which include local and exotic species. The conservatory erected in 1867 houses hothouse species. Plan to see United States Botanic Garden and other attractions that appeal to you using our Washington DC itinerary planner.
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  • We discovered the Garden perhaps 17 years ago. We try to always make time to stop here when we bring visitors to DC. They may be reluctant to spend valuabke time in a garden, but they never leave disa...  more »
  • Retired teacher was an excellent tour guide and new his plants well.Look out for the times of guided tours.Entrance was free,when we went  more »
  • Always well kept and always a large variety of species. A definitely must see for anyone traveling here. If you can manage, the best time to visit is when it's realitively empty and you can just strol...  more »
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  • This place is gorgeous and, for lack of a better word, immersive. Once you're inside, you feel the humidity, smell the plants, and forget that there's a busy world right outside the building. It's not like people don't come here to visit, but it is not as well-known as some of the other things around so it's often less crowded than the museums or the capitol building. I've recommended this place to many friends who come into town and they've all loved it!
  • My wife called it a 'plant zoo' to a staff member. My wife is a native English speaker, with a college degree, in biology. The staff member didn't even blink. That's service. Also, plants are great. The orchids are amazing, and the exterior gardens are a great spot to roam.
  • It's a beautiful garden(botanical). We get to see a wide variety of plants, herbs and things of that nature. Secondly, it is maintained pretty well. It was a wonderful experience to be there and see some plants for the very first time. I'd recommend this place, to anyone,irrespective of age.
  • Lots of flowers to see. Nice that they have it broken into so many different sections. Great that it is free to get in
  • Wonderful exhibits, unique and impressive plant specimens - and perfect for very young to very old. There's even a children's garden where digging and planting are encouraged! Their annual holiday train exhibit, made entirely from plants, is one of our family Christmas traditions. Plus, don't miss the amazing outdoor gardens and fountains as well. We love this place and go at least once a season to see all the changes.