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United States Botanic Garden

100 Maryland Ave. at First St. SW, At the east end of the Mall, Washington DC, DC 20001 (National Mall)
202/225-8333
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Ranked #27 of 253 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Gardens, Fountains
Activities: Leisure education
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A truly green spectacle, with a jungle, a National Garden with a First Ladies water garden, a rose garden and exhibits on ecology and evolutionary... more » Owner description: A truly green spectacle, with a jungle, a National Garden with a First Ladies water garden, a rose garden and exhibits on ecology and evolutionary biology. « less
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Omaha, Nebraska
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158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

I came to Washington six times before I ever stumbled across the gardens. It is snuggled up by the Capitol end of the mall. This is a very impressive exhibit that I will repeat

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Long Island City, New York
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Whenevver we are in DC, we stop by here for an hour or two. Outside gardens have seasonal plantings, a small stream, meandering paths. Lots of plantings in a compact space. Always something unusual, like the 'balloon' plants from South Africa. Inside has permanent gardens featuring various habitats: dry, tropical, etc. Wonderful selections of cacti, succulents, orchids, ferns, herbs, etc.... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This entire place was completely amazing! They have plants from all parts of the world in one place. From pretty orchids to unique desert plants. They even had an area for kids! I'd definitely recommend a visit here if in the area!

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West Valley City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

It reminded me of the outside botanical gardens in Singapore and brought back fond memories of travel days long past. This was a nice calming experience in the midst of the heat and chaos outside.

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Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Every specimen is vibrant and healthy. The entire place smells divine, sheer heaven on Earth. If you love plants, you'll adore the U.S. Botanic Garden. Our favorite room was the orchid room. It's like a perfumery. We were awed.

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Taunton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Located by the Capital building,we were walking toward the Washington Monument when we noticed this place.Plants everywhere,tables,chairs it looked very inviting,so we went in. Free admission and all i can say is it was beautiful,and very relaxing after touring the museums. Plants from all over the world, loved the way it was set up one section was Hawaii,then you walked... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This beautiful building and surrounding gardens feature beautiful flowers and plants from around the world. Well worth a visit if that is you are into nature, landscaping, gardening, etc. You can stroll through in less than an hour or relax and have lunch in one of its many gardens. This building is one level -- has no stairs. It is... More

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Barrie, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

It is really beautiful here and similar to other malls and exhibits in DC, it is free to the public. Worth your while to check out!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

A nice get away in the center of DC. Differnet climes allow you to sample plants form around the world. Nicely done and a nice hour walk

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Huntsville, TX
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

What a shame that a National Garden is only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I have visited many gardens around the world and is this is the first national garden not open all of the time. A double shame because the National Herb Garden is located within the Botanic Garden. If you would like to visit this national treasure,... More

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