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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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  • A wonderful place to visit being located adjacent to the Capitol property and contaiining some truly beautiful examples -- the orchid collection and the mid-Atlantic sections were particularly appeali...  more »
  • I am no plant expert. I still appreciated the peacefulness in the midst of D.C.. I liked the placards describing each area - the "dangerous" plants, the ancient dinosaur era plants, and of course, the...  more »
  • A truly spectacular place to see all types of plants. Beautifully set up and planted. The orchid room was amazing. One of the nicest botanical gardens we have visited.  more »
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  • The US botanical gardens is amazing every time I visit. Explore plants from all over world. They have sections dedicated to Hawaii, Jurassic, Medicinal (where is the marijuana tho?), Orchids, Endangered, and so much more. You can even step into the hot and humid desert and take in the beauty of some flowing succulents. Don't be tempted to try some of the Thai chili peppers, I seen a grown man brought to tears. Thankfully for him the water fountain was working.
  • One of the better places to visit on the mall, year round the botanical garden houses a wide variety of colorful plants that you can get up close and personal with. It's not a huge building and can get quite crowded and stuffy (it is a greenhouse after all) but still nice for a stroll. If it's nice out and early spring be sure to check out the rose garden to the west of the building.
  • I have enjoyed going to the botanical gardens since I was a kid in the 1970's. The gardens never disappoint and there is always something new and interesting in bloom no matter what time of year I visit. If you want a interesting experience go in the middle of a DC snow storm. Hot and topical inside blowing snow outside.
  • This place was incredible! Very nice, in every way. With convenient labels on every plant, you could really tell there was love put into it. A couple plants were wilted a bit, but all plants come to the end of their life cycle. Outside, there were little paths, with lilypad coated ponds and trickling streams. Very pretty and peaceful. The greenhouse was filled with thousands of fascinating plants. Even the oldest living tree! I would love to visit again. This place is a gardener's dream, fun for anyone really!
  • Go here! No excuses about not having enough time in DC to see it or that you have been to your own City's botanical gardens. This one is better than your City's (unless you are from Berlin, but you should go anyway!). Grab thier history pamphlet, find a room you like (I was a fan of the rain forest room and the Mediterranean room). Read about how the people that founded the Gardens were some of the most determined people you have ever read about and enjoy the view and smells!