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Tour of the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C.

The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is located across the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The Botanic Garden is operated by the Congress of the United States.

U.S. Botanic Garden Bartholdi Park

The Botanic Garden includes a large Lord & Burnham greenhouse which is divided into separate rooms, each one simulating a different habitat. The 52,000-square-foot greenhouse was built in 1933 and renovated in 2001. The Botanic Garden has a large collection of medicinal plants, orchids, cacti and succulents, bromeliads, cycads, and ferns.

Admission to the U.S. Botanic Garden is free, and it is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM, including all weekends and holidays. To the west side of the greenhouse there is a garden called Bartholdi Park which is open from dawn to dusk daily, including all weekends and holidays.

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U.S. Botanic Garden north facade
U.S. Botanic Garden north facade

More than 35 Cool Globes promoting ways to reduce global warming are on exhibition at the entrance to the Botanic Garden.

U.S. Botanic Garden Cool Globe

The temperature and humidity are carefully regulated inside the large greenhouse. Every few minutes a fine mist is released from the pipes overhead. Banana trees thrive and produce bunches of fruit.

U.S. Botanic Garden Greenhouse   Banana Tree

Many types of orchids are on display in the Botanic Garden.

U.S. Botanic Garden Orchid

Corridors on the second level take visitors close to the plants and provide an excellent perspective of the canopy of the greenhouse forest.

U.S. Botanic Garden

Tropical palms rise more than thirty feet in the interior courtyard of the greenhouse, and bougambilias climb on trellises.

U.S. Botanic Garden palms   U.S. Botanic Garden bougambilia

Additional Information:
Official web site of the U.S. Botanic Garden

What is in bloom? - Photographs of the flowers blooming at the U.S. Botanic Garden.

U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First Street, S.W., Washington, DC, 20024.
* General Information 202-225-8333
* Program and Tour Reservations 202-225-1116

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