One of the most eye catching buildings on the National Mall is the United States Botanic Garden. Full of unique flowers and gardens the US Botanic Garden (USBG) is a great stop for anyone visiting Washington DC.
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Established in 1820 by Congress the US Botanic Garden provides a variety of things to see including seasonal displays. The Conservatory offers 28,000+ square feet of unique gardens and plants. The grounds of the United States Botanic Garden also include the National Garden and and Bartholdi Park.
When you enter the United States Botanic Garden you’ll find the garden court which features economic plants used in commercial products.
The main attraction of the US botanic Garden is the jungle room in the middle of the building. The jungle room includes a 93 foot high dome, a canopy walk, and plenty of tropical plants.
There are plenty of other smaller gardens buy one of my favorites is the world deserts room that feels like you’re in the desert.
On the west side of the Botanic Garden you’ll find the National Garden that often contains seasonal exhibits. The National Garden contains a regional garden, rose garden, butterfly garden, and even a small amphitheater.
Getting to the United States Botanic Garden
There are a couple of metro stops near the US Botanic Garden that are a short walk away. The best metro stops for the United States Botanic Garden are Federal Center SW (0.3 miles away) and the Capitol South (0.5 miles away) metro stop.
You usually can find parking on the National Mall near Jefferson Dr SW and 3rd St SW. Most of the spots you’ll find can be paid for with the ParkMobile app. On a busy day spots will be pretty limited so be prepared to hunt for a spot. You’ll notice spots right in front of the Botanic Garden but they are permit only parking.
Of course you can also take a Capital Bikeshare bike or electric scooter to the garden. Just be sure to not park any electric scooter in the no parking zone.
It’s completely free to visit the United States Botanic Garden just check that it’s open before visiting. Typically the US Botanic Garden is open from 10am to 5pm. You can find the latest hours for the Botanic Garden on their website.United States Botanic Garden on Google Maps
United States Botanic Garden Pictures
Here are more pictures of the United States Botanic Garden.
Botanic Garden Frequently Asked Questions
What is the United States Botanic Garden?
The United States Botanic Garden is a living plant museum located in Washington D.C. that showcases a diverse collection of plants from around the world. You’ll find the US Botanic Garden near the United States Capitol.
What can I see at the United States Botanic Garden?
Visitors can explore several gardens, including the Rose Garden, the First Ladies Water Garden, and the Butterfly Garden. There are also exhibits featuring plants from various ecosystems, including the tropical rainforest and the desert.
How much does it cost to visit the United States Botanic Garden?
Admission to the United States Botanic Garden is free.
When is the United States Botanic Garden open?
The Botanic Garden is open every day of the year. Hours of operation vary based on the season, so be sure to check their website for current hours.
Is there parking available at the United States Botanic Garden?
There is no parking available at the Botanic Garden. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation.
Can I bring food into the United States Botanic Garden?
Food and drinks are not allowed in the indoor areas of the Botanic Garden, but visitors are welcome to bring food to enjoy in the outdoor areas.
Are there guided tours available at the United States Botanic Garden?
Yes, free guided tours are available daily. Visitors can also take self-guided tours using the map provided at the entrance.
Is the United States Botanic Garden wheelchair accessible?
Yes, all areas of the Botanic Garden are wheelchair accessible.
Can I bring my pet to the United States Botanic Garden?
Pets are allowed on paths of the outdoor gardens at the US Botanic Garden while trained service dogs are allowed throughout the gardens.
Is photography allowed at the United States Botanic Garden?
Yes, photography is allowed in all areas of the Botanic Garden for personal use. Commercial photography requires a permit.
I hope you enjoyed my helpful tips and photos of the United States Botanic Garden. It’s worth stopping by the Botanic Garden for their holiday display and when they have rare plant species on display.
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