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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 lovely way to spend an hour or so wondering at the variety of unusual plants from around the world. The Christmas decorations were well incorporated too. 
  • We've been coming to Washington, DC every year for about 5-6 years, starting when the children were about 3 and 4. We visited here the first year we came, and the boys LOVED it. We try to visit here e...  more »
  • Honestly, although I do enjoy gardens, we came in here just to get warm. It's not a very large area, but it has some lovely displays. The kids enjoyed an activity where they got stickers/stamps for fi...  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.