Inside the US Botanic Garden

Several weeks ago, before the DC area became inundated with snow, a photographer friend had some business to attend to at the U.S. Botanic Garden in downtown DC. The visit entitled her to a parking pass right in front, and she was kind enough to invite me along.

I had forgotten how nice it is to see plants in the winter without having to freeze any part of one’s anatomy off in the process. The Botanic Garden doesn’t allow tripods, so we went armed with high ISO’s and explored various parts of the building, starting with the entry hall.

US Botanic Garden

Azaleas and cyclamen in bloom under a canopy of tropical palms in the entry hall of the US Botanic Garden.

The Garden’s interior spaces are designed to mimic various kinds of climates, ranging from tropical jungles to desert spaces. Along the way, I saw orchids, lots of air plants, misting water (in the jungle area), and birds of paradise. The Children’s Garden and the “Southern Exposure Garden” were “closed for the winter” but would be worth a return visit. If you’re in the DC area, don’t miss this gem, tucked away up near the Capitol. It’s a great place to forget winter and enjoy yourself.

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6 Comments on “Inside the US Botanic Garden”

  1. juliecrombe Says:

    Beautiful pictures! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. I live outside DC and love visiting the Botanic Garden in the winter for a warm, floral pick me up. 🙂 Great pix!

  3. Melissa Says:

    Yes, it’s a welcome respite from the weather we’re having, isn’t it?

  4. Lisa Orgler Says:

    Melissa- This is such a lovely post! I haven’t been to the US Botanic Garden in ages and definitely not in the winter. Thanks for the wonderful photos.

  5. Dan Says:

    Hey Guys,
    Great pictures guys and makes me think about Spring, hopefully be here soon.
    I’m from London and one of my favourite places to visit is the royal Botanical Gardens at Kew gardens if your ever over in London a visit is well worth it.

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