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“Truly beautiful.”

United States Botanic Garden
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Steeped in history, rich with tradition, the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is a living plant museum that informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value, of plants to the well-being of humans and to earth's fragile ecosystems. U.S. Botanic Garden campus includes the Conservatory, the National Garden, and Bartholdi Park.
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

We visited the area on a tour & were dropped off outside the Capitol building...however none of the government buildings were open for tours, so we walked across the street to the botanical garden which WAS open. It was absolutely beautiful, and free to visit. Many beautiful flowers indoors, since it was a bit cold outside and some of the outdoor plants were starting to go dormant.

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Ah, how delightful are the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, the National Garden and the magnificent, if not overlooked, Bartholdi Fountain and Park! I have visited these sites on several occasions - summer and winter. Admission is free.

"More than 200 years ago, George Washington had a vision for the capital city of the United States that included a botanic garden that would demonstrate and promote the importance of plants to the young nation. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1820, the U.S. Botanic Garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America." For more information, go to http://www.usbg.gov/visit.

The Conservatory is lavishly decorated for the winter holidays beginning Thanksgiving Day and closing on New Year's Day. The theme this year is World's Fair. It's great for children and adults alike who will delight in the trains moving above, below and through tunnels. The colors and the fragrances of the flowers are glorious. During the bleak, and seemingly endless gray days of winter, this magical place springs forth with life. It is a must see! The National Garden is located just outside the Conservatory, and both are open 10 am to 5 pm.

The Conservatory is wheelchair accessible and has Assisted Listening Devices (headsets and receivers) available upon request for all guided tours and public programs. The headsets are compatible with hearing aids.

The easiest way to reach these sites is by Metrorail - taking either the Orange or Blue line to the Federal Center SW station. Exit the station, walk north (left) along Third Street SW for two blocks, cross Independence Avenue and continue one more block to Maryland Avenue. Look toward the Capitol and you will see the glass dome of the Conservatory. The Conservatory entrance is on Maryland Avenue. If you must drive, there is metered parking nearby.

The Bartholdi Fountain has just been returned to us after several years of restoration. The "Fountain of Light and Water," was created for the 1876 Philadelphia Exposition which celebrated the 100th birthday of the United States. It was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, who later created the Statue of Liberty. The fountain is now located at the corner of Independence Avenue and First Street, SW. The fountain is at its most magnificence at night, lit against the black sky, with the water flowing (Note: the water has been shut off for the winter). The Bartholdi Park is open from dawn to dusk.

We, who live in the Washington, DC area, are so fortunate to have so many venues that are free to the public. Go out and enjoy these sites! Happy Holidays!

Thank Maryland-Lassie
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

We had just enough time after visiting the Capitol and the Library of Congress to stop in at the US Botanic Garden. My husband took advantage of the benches in the interior while I viewed the conservatory. The fall flowers and displays were appealing. Although this is not a huge Botanic Garden it is a nice respite from all the stone monuments/memorials/buildings. Had the day been more pleasant we would have enjoyed the outdoor settings at the garden more.

1  Thank KathieColumbus_Ohio
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Reviewed 10 November 2013 via mobile

Great place. Very interesting. Is enough with a short visit, less than an hour.
The jungle section is great.

Thank Pablo P
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Reviewed 4 November 2013 via mobile

A magnificent place to think. Weather you're feeling muggy, dry, or temperate this place has a place for you to just think. Enjoy the scenery, the smell and for god sakes do NOT eat the peppers. Most will scorch you so bad you would cry.

Thank Bryan R
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