United States Botanic Garden

United States Botanic Garden



The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is a botanic garden on the grounds of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., near Garfield Circle. The Botanic Garden is supervised by the Congress through the Architect of the Capitol, who is responsible for maintaining the grounds of the United States Capitol. The USBG is open every day of the year, including federal holidays. It is the oldest continually operating botanic garden in the United States.

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Located near Capitol Hill, the United States Botanic Garden is a living museum showcasing a diverse collection of plants from around the world. Wander through the conservatory's various rooms, including a jungle, desert, and orchid house, or stroll through the outdoor gardens to enjoy a peaceful respite from the bustling city. Admission is free, making it the perfect spot for a leisurely visit.
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A unique treat for Oscar the Grouch-types, the corpse flower is a rare-blooming plant at the U.S. Botanic Garden that, when open, gives off the stench of rotting garbage. So far, it has bloomed twice this year. The flower stays open for a short window (2-3 days), so you need to make a b-line to the garden when this hidden gem is revealed.
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At the United States Botanic Garden you can experience the jungle, the desert and see rare and endangered plants under one roof. Be sure to check out the outdoor Children's Garden and the canopy walk that give you a bird's eye view of the plants.
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While this spot is not currently open to the public due to COVID-19, you can hop online and discover some of the most unique blooms in the world, including rare beauties such as the African Tulip Tree, the Scarlet Rosemallow and the Jungle Lollipop via their Virtual Tour. Once this DC treasure re-opens, be sure to make visit to the outdoor Children’s Garden, where the kiddos can use gardening tools and watering cans for a true hands-on experience.
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