Thursday, February 19, 2015

US Botanic Garden

Something I have wanted to do for a long time on the blog is create a "DC Guide" for people to use as a resource when visiting this city I love. While the guide will include typical "touristy" spots (I am an eternal tourist and proud of it), I also plan to include things that are more off the beaten path (favorite restaurants and bars). There is a lot of work to do before the guide will officially be displayed on my toolbar, but over the next few weeks you will start seeing some DC posts make their way onto my little space of the internet. So without further ado, I give you...


The US Botanic Garden is located on the southwest corner of the Capitol complex right next to the Capitol reflecting pool. It is a living plant museum and was first visualized by George Washington 200 years ago as a way to promote the importance of botany to our then young nation. 

I do love flowers and respect our first President's vision. But, to put it bluntly, if you are in DC for only a short amount of time, the Botanic Garden should NOT be on the top of your must-do list. However, if you are in town for awhile and you are walking from the Capitol to the Smithsonian museums, I suggest popping in for a quick 30 minutes (which is really all the time you need to spend in there). Not only will you get some reprieve from the harsh DC weather (crazy hot in the summers and crazy cold in the winters), but the Garden features some gorgeous special exhibits throughout the year.



On this particular visit of mine, they had made a miniature scale of the National Mall made out of plants. It was beautiful and the details on each model were spectacular!


US Capitol
US Botanic Garden
Washington Monument
Reflecting Pool
Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool (which will forever make me think of Forrest Gump)
Smithsonian Castle
Jefferson Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
From this angle you can see how the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Memorial, and Capitol are all in line, just like in real life. Everything was executed perfectly to scale!
The White House
Complete with Sasha and Malia's playground :)
US Supreme Court
Library of Congress
Besides the special exhibit hall, there is also a multistory jungle, cactus room, orchid room, medical plants room, and Hawaiian plants room. 





Have you ever been to the US Botanic Garden?

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