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 online vacation planner .
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  • This is a beautiful informative Botanic Garden Conservatory with a friendly knowledgeable helpful staff. The displays are seasonal & affective.  more »
  • The building is beautiful and the indoor pond was decorated prettily. There are plant representations from many different states in the country. There are play areas for children. But would probably n...  more »
  • The U.S. Botanical Garden is one D.C. attraction that we've missed in the past. As the outside temperature was in the high 20's during our recent visit, it seemed like a toasty place to hang out for a...  more »
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  • I visited the botanic garden for the first time this December. I didn’t know what to expect during the winter, but i has a great time! They had holiday plants and decorations up, a train room and lots of tropical plants as well. In the main entrance they had iconic DC monuments and buildings made out of twigs, acorns, etc. (see pictures) My favorite was the orchid room. I went on a weekday and it was the perfect time to go - no crowds at all. Highly recommend!!
  • Love, love, love this place! I always make sure to stop here whenever I'm in D.C. It is so wonderful and being able to view so many species of flora is amazing. The building is beautiful and I love that you are able to walk along a platform on the second story. As someone who loves the foliage in spring and summer, it's a pleasure to visit here in the fall and winter. I do wish there was some sort of gift shop, though.
  • The Christmas display was beautiful and very well done. I think the trains were cute but....didn't contribute to the story. The rest of the plants were pretty. The staff kept the lines moving which was great right before Christmas. It wss crazy that the men's bathroom was out of order and had no signs of being fixed. They were telling folks to go to another building to use the facilities.
  • What a treasure hiding on Capitol Hill! It's a lovely Oasis where you can view all kinds of beautiful plants presented in clever and unique settings. Miniature versions of monuments and historical buildings are tucked in amongst the growth. And there's even a delightful model train! It's a smallish facility- easily viewed in an hour or so. AND ITS FREE!
  • Came here while they had their Christmas decorations up; beautiful set up for taking pictures. They had a wide range of plant and flower species from around the world. There's sitting areas inside the diferent sections inside the garden and there's enough room to stop and admire something without blocking the way. The work they must put for the upkeep of this place is admirable. Definitely recommend it.

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