This past weekend, on a wonderfully unseasonably warm February day I made my way over to the United States Botanical Garden. Though the Garden is usually more popular in the spring and summer when the outdoor garden is in full bloom. However, I wanted to see the plant-y side of what the Gardens had to offer.
The first thing you should know about the Gardens is the indoor exhibitions are largely plant-based, you won’t see too many petals and blooms. However, you will be ushered into a beautiful tropical Rainforest complete with rivers, ponds, and misters.
Speaking of the Rainforest, there are actually several different ‘climates’ you’ll experience while walking through the gardens. There is an arid dessert, a lovely European section, and a forest glen-feeling medicinal garden.
I went during the week around lunch time and the place was practically abandoned. But, in general, I highly doubt this place is ever packed. Although it has a prime spot near all the Smithsonians and other Washington must-visits…it is a bit of a hidden gem. For locals who think they’ve seen it all, though, it might be a good place to spend the afternoon when it gets too busy at other hot-spots.
To go through all the major exhibitions took less than an hour, and I wouldn’t make this the gemstone of your museum-touring. However, it is in a great location. It is a 10-15 minute walk from museums like the Hirshhorn, American History, and Natural History. Even closer is the Native American museum, the Capit0l, and Air & Space are even closer at just 5-10 minutes away.