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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  • We strolled through here on the way the the Capitol and I’m glad we did! They offer different, glass-domed rooms with different themed plants and flowers in each one (desert, medicinal, tropical... 
    We strolled through here on the way the the Capitol and I’m glad we did! They offer different, glass-domed rooms with different themed plants and flowers in each one (desert, medicinal, tropical...  more »
  • We visited the United States Botanic Garden on on 05/11. It was really stunning and surprisingly big! As with all other Smithsonian exhibits, this was free - it's extraordinary how much there was... 
    We visited the United States Botanic Garden on on 05/11. It was really stunning and surprisingly big! As with all other Smithsonian exhibits, this was free - it's extraordinary how much there was...  more »
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  • Amazing spot with a great variety of plants. It was a really hot day, so the humid interior didn’t feel too great, but nothing against the place itself. I loved all the different sections. They also had a corpse plant which had just recently bloomed and was incredible to see in person. The staff was also very knowledgeable. I would love to return and even better, it’s free! The outdoor gardens are something I overlooked but got to spend some time in afterwards. I can’t wait to go back.
  • Always lovely. The inside and outside gardens are full of flowers. Great place to take kids. They even have a children’s garden where kids can plant something and water it. So cute! You can spend a lot of time here if you like, but you can also easily see everything in about an hour.

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