United States Botanic Garden

United States Botanic Garden

United States Botanic Garden
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Steeped in history, the United States Botanic Garden inspires people to appreciate, study, and conserve plants to enrich society locally and globally. The U.S. Botanic Garden campus includes the Conservatory, the gated outdoor gardens, and Bartholdi Fountain and Gardens. The Garden features more than 44,000 plants with major collections including orchids, roses, plants native to the United States, food and economic plants, carnivorous plants, and more.
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  • Federal Center SW • 6 min walk
  • Capitol South • 9 min walk
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  • Anthony P
    Charleston, South Carolina2,384 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning!
    This place never disappoints but it can get really busy on the weekends. The natural beauty of the collections here are amazing but the cross can be a bit daunting on the weekends. Highly recommend checking out the website and seeing when the tours are on, as they are always a learning experience and often differ. The blooms also differ depending on times of the year, so it’s never quite the same but it’s always a delight. Highly recommend!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 April 2023
  • ElvisAndrus
    Arlington, Texas820 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delightful
    Nice variety with a presentation that is anything but stiff. Lots to see and smell. Some interesting educatonal signs. Free, inside and out and located near the Capitol and not far from other museums. It is not that big so I imagone that it can feel pretty crowded. It was a wamr spring day when we went and I was worried it would feel like a steam bath- it didn't.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 5 May 2023
  • Sunny Dr
    Alexandria, Virginia893 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful way to spend a rainy day
    Wonderful way to spend a rainy day. We had friends visiting and we decided to come here and do the greenhouse tour as it was raining. We all enjoyed the different plants, flowers, canopy and the different environment. I really liked walking through the canopy even though I am scared of heights .
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 May 2023
  • Jessica K
    Tarpon Springs, Florida281 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Botanical gardens
    Free to visit and close to the Capitol. This garden has both inside and outside features. Very beautiful and easy to access. There are several attendants who offer information on some of the plants and everyone was very friendly and helpful. There is a small gift shop.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 June 2023
  • pshurd
    906 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spent more than an hour & couldn't begin to see it all
    The presentation is wonderful & the plants are amazing. Definitely educational & totally enjoyable. The staff are very helpful & friendly also. Would love to see the full presentation of the orchids. A few were still blooming. But many more things to see & lots of information obout all the areas presented. The special exhibits are worthwhile also.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 17 July 2023
  • David H
    Bury, United Kingdom1,651 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful haven
    Spending so much time pounding the streets of the capital, it was a refreshing change to get away from the hustle and bustle for a short period. There are glasshouses with lots of exotic species, and outdoor areas to explore. Well worth visiting.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Anna Y
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Monarch butterflies and caterpillars live there!
    Lots of creative ideas for horticultural gardeners. The indoor garden closes at 5 pm but the rest of it is open till 7 pm. Great place to relax after a long day walking on the National Mall and visiting museums. Great place for pictures.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 27 August 2023
  • sullific
    709 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but nicely kept
    A small garden - but nice for a quick visit. Tropical Garden is basically the showpiece of the site. Desert Garden is also nice. A few orchids; the Hawaiian and Mediterranean gardens could use more. Outdoor gardens are lovely for taking a rest in pretty surroundings. Shop needs to expand and offer more of what it says it does (I found no DC artisan work and not a lot of inventory in general). Garden does offer free pamphlets and booklets which are very nicely illustrated. If I lived in the area I would visit more. If you are a tourist and have lots to see, this wouldn't be on my list unless you're a real plant buff (and in that case you will probably be comparing it unfavorably to Longwood Gardens, the NYBG or another huge attraction). I went because I wanted something new to see in DC and am a gardener, so it was fine for me.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 October 2023
  • F4981JCmichaels
    Vancouver, Washington2,105 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small, but impressive nonetheless.
    Most of the U.S. Botanic Garden is inside a big greenhouse with separate sections. There are a few small gardens outside, but this is by no means an expansive garden such as the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Huntington Gardens in Pasadena, or Longwood Gardens (in Pennsylvania.) But, in spite of its size being limited, it makes up for it by what is there. In the main part of the conservatory, there are two levels, one reached by stairs, but all of the plants in that section can be seen from either level. I thought that the orchid display, in particular, was well put together, especially since it was in such a small space. They packed a lot of orchids of all types into that small space, and the way they were displayed had a "naturalness" about it. The small desert section was nicely done too. Outside, there is a small garden featuring a mix of plants, and there is also a First Ladies' water garden. Across the street is another small garden surrounding a large fountain, the Bartholdi Fountain and Gardens, which is part of the whole thing overall. In the greenhouse, one can find public restrooms. Overall, the place appears to be wheelchair friendly too.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 November 2023
  • montanapescado
    Albuquerque, New Mexico1,323 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice quick hit
    For a national asset, the US Botanical Garden is disappointingly small. But this is Washington DC and space is at a premium. I generally like botanic gardens with more natural setting space, but the exhibits they do have here are nicely arranged given the limitations. This is a good stop if you want to add something to the itinerary that won't take too much time, but I would say one of the less essential DC attractions, unless you're a real horticulture buff.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 November 2023
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Sheargenius55
New Hampshire91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
We really enjoyed this garden. I came with family and there was something for everyone. Beautiful array of plants and so many great informational cards throughout. We look forward to going back.
Written 8 April 2024
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Becky870
Aurora, IL614 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
What a great garden. I was in town for work and decided to walk through the gardens. It is very well done by climate. The rose garden is beautiful and it was not crowded when I went on a Monday morning.
Written 10 March 2024
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Georgia1 contribution
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Mar 2024 • Solo
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Written 9 March 2024
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joe-chicago-23
Chesterfield, MO1,114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It's a world exhibit, not just United States plants. Not much to see outside during winter, but there are nice sitting spots.
Inside are multiple regions with widely different plant life. From desert to tropical, from medicinal to adaptive, the range is huge.
It's a fine educational experience and it's free.
Written 4 March 2024
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Rna A
Washington DC, DC160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Beautifully rich and totally free! Great for families with kids, couples, friends and the place is the home to so many different plants I could not stop myself from taking a million pictures, amazing , From tropical to desert, there is a huge range of plants to admire. Each room is unique. Interactive areas are also well built and informative. No ticket required, it's free - just walk in.Very nice place for everyone to have access to! If you are in DC area you must visit
Written 2 March 2024
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT2,169 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
A world of plants awaits you. Spent time at the Bartholdi Fountains and Garden that showed rain gardens, landscaping and design ideas. A great natural escape from the hustle and bustle of our Capitol city.
Written 22 January 2024
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Cavalier1994
Bethesda, MD125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The DC holiday season can’t be complete without a visit to the Botanic Gardens right by the US Capitol. Though the outdoor gardens are a wash in December, the indoor conservatory with its eye popping range of flowers, fruits and plants more than suffices. Throw in the holiday decorations and this is a splendid way to ramp up the holiday spirit. The train display has been sensibly moved to the outdoor display which eliminates a lot of the lines that used to snake around inside the building. On the night we went, there was even a trio of classical musicians playing holiday music. The conservatory can be explored in less than an hour but highly recommend the tropical rainforest and desert habitat. Year after year, we never tire of the famous DC sights crafted in fruits and plant materials. No admission charges to top it off.
Written 20 January 2024
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Helen C
England, UK88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Lovely indoor/outdoor gardens right in the heart of the city close to the Capitol. Indoor gardens are divided into areas and outdoor “rooms”
Written 19 January 2024
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Michael R
Kosciusko, MS144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We visited over Christmas so the outer garden wasn't in bloom but it was still well maintained. The inside is beautiful and very well setup. Entry is free so it fills up quickly. And it can get really warm and steamy in certain areas so be aware of that fact. My wife and daughters really enjoyed this part of our trip and we would highly recommend a visit.
Written 16 January 2024
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Melissa C
Austin, TX31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We took our nieces here who are under 5 and we had so much fun exploring the plants! It is crazy how humid the tropic area gets but we loved going to the second story to walk through the trees. It is free which is also a huge plus. The train outside was a huge hit. Definitely fun for the whole family!
Written 1 January 2024
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