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United States Botanic Garden
Ranked #33 of 472 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed June 23, 2013

Take a moment to walk through this beautiful garden. A nice change of pace from all the museums, and great if you have time to kill before a tour. Pretty place to take pictures! I personally loved the orchids!

Thank CVLewis
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

What more could you ask for? The garden does a great job of dividing their rooms up into themes and incorporating those native plants and flowers in their respective areas. So many beautiful flowers, fruit trees, spices. There is a section that has displays of items such as products made from plants, including many over the counter herb and medicine preparations. Plus they have displays with various spices where you are allowed to smell each one.

Thank cpattani
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

The one thing that hit us (both my son and I have visited botanic gardens across the country and around the world), was that this conservatory contained a very botanically interesting set of plants in a very compact space (probably by necessity). We were commenting that this is what our own greenhouses would look like if it were ours - relatively few plants of each specimen, tightly arranged and displayed (we were sure they must have a much larger offsite growing facility). Did it have the biggest begonia collection? No (that would be Montreal). Did it have the most extensive orchid collection? No, (that would be Singapore). Did it have a good collection of carnivorous plants? No, (that would be Atlanta). But what they did have was very well displayed, signed, and tended. Our favorite was their collection of food and spice plants. Since no entrance fees are charged, this is a must do if you're visiting the DC National Mall area. As mentioned in other reviews, parking can be a problem in the area, but if you don't mind walking about a mile, there are actually free lots by the entrance of the East Potomic park and also at the Lincoln Memorial on the West side of the Mall.

Thank Chestnutmash
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Parking in DC is maddening, but the orange line was down for the weekend, so driving was a necessary evil. What a great parking spot we found! Now what was close by, you got it, the US Botanic Garden.
No fee (though I've read one is coming), what a wonderful place to see all the plant life we experience in the US under one roof, though different climates, from rain forest of the pacific west to the deserts of the southwest, my daughter and I had a wonderful visit. Go!

Thank Tom0312
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

I love to come here just to relax and unwind among the beautiful plants and towers growing in the marvelous collection here...Wandering the cool paths on a for day is inviting especially during the summer months...The brick pathways and stonework are quite beautiful.

Thank Stephadele
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