United States Botanic Garden

100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024 - United States




Free Everyday

Founded in 1820 and in continuous operation since 1850, the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is the oldest continuously operating botanic garden in North America. The Garden informs visitors about the importance, value, and diversity of plants, as well as their aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic and ecological significance. With more than a million visitors annually, the USBG strives to demonstrate and promote sustainable practices. The Garden is a living plant museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.


Throughout 2020, the U.S. Botanic Garden is celebrating the bicentennial of our original 1820 Congressional charter. From roses to orchids, the rainforest to the Mid-Atlantic, rare and endangered plants to the latest in home gardens, you will find a world of plants and environments in our permanent exhibits and gardens. Any time of year, you’ll see something beautiful in bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, the National Garden, and Bartholdi Park.

The indoor gardens and galleries of our Conservatory, with the jungle, desert, and primeval paradise, offer the perfect foil to a winter day or harried schedule. The resplendent diversity of form, color, fruit, and fragrance reminds us that plants make our lives possible and enjoyable.

Outdoors, our National Garden offers the finest of Mid-Atlantic plants, a Rose Garden, a Butterfly Garden, and more. Bartholdi Park's renovation demonstrates a variety of approaches to sustainable landscaping and features the historic Fountain of Light and Water by Auguste Bartholdi, creator of the Statue of Liberty.

Join us for a free guided tour of the Conservatory.

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