The United States Botanic Garden

The United States Botanic Garden was the vision of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. It was established on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in 1820 and opened to the public in 1850. The exhibits include medicinal plants, cacti, rare and endangered species, a jungle, orchids, and a children’s garden. Its plant collections number over 60,000. The USBG rescues plants confiscated at U.S. borders. Three plants on display date back to Lieutenant Charles Wilkes’ U.S. Exploring Expedition from 1838 to 1842.

amarylis blossoms

The jungle exhibit…

jungle tree trunks

A Theobroma Cacao tree…

cocoa tree

Otherwise known as the chocolate tree…

chocolate tree with label

The orange pods contain seeds that become cocoa beans.

purple blooms

orange flower

A cactus from Bolivia

big cactus

A papaya tree…

papaya tree

The World Deserts exhibit…

world deserts cactus

The Garden Court…

pink blossoms

Also the Garden Court…

garden court

The East Gallery…

East Gallery plants

Also the East Gallery…

 East Gallery plants and trees

The Children’s Garden…

 children's garden

Upcoming programs include Dig into Reading: Story Time at the Garden and Science Saturday’s for kids ages 7-12. A Family Field Journal activity guide is available at the entrance. Admission is free.

 

 

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