If you’re visiting Washington D.C. for work or pleasure, take 20 minutes to indulge in an amazing green experience – the Botanic Gardens. (You’ll love it so much you may find yourself spending two hours there, so plan accordingly).
Located just off the side of Capitol Hill, Washington’s Botanic Gardens are a Museum with a difference: the artifacts displayed are living treasures.
I don’t need a lot of words to describe the beauty this place. It’s enchanting and refreshing. A little haven of tranquility in the middle of a busy city.
The Gardens’ mission is:
- to promote botanical knowledge through the cultivation of an ordered collection of plants
- to display plants, exhibits and educational programs to the Congress and the public
- to foster sustainability and plant conservation
You’ll find a variety of external sections that include a magnificent rose garden, herbs & spices (with an amazing view of the Capitol) and a butterfly garden!
The Conservatory is a truly enchanting place in which you’ll discover Medicinal Plants, experience a walk through a tropical rainforest Jungle and admire an entire section devoted to the mythical and romantic Orchid flower.
Small Tip: Once inside the conservatory, don’t forget to access the mezzanine either with the stairs or the elevator (it’s easy to miss). From here you’ll get a magnificent, quasi-aerial view of this verdant canopy!
Second Tip: When your visit is complete, if you have a few minutes to spare, cross the road to reach Bartholdi Park, the best kept “secret garden” Washingtonians don’t want to tell you about! It’s equally as beautiful and relaxing. It’s perfect for a lunch break (has lots of seating areas and tables) and gives you a wealth of ideas on how to combine plants & flowers in your own landscape projects!
Third Tip: When you’re visiting any new city, always check out the local botanic gardens for a truly ‘green’ experience (quite literally). Bring a sandwich and enjoy nature, even if you’re in a busy city center.
Have you ever visited a Botanical Garden? If yes, how did it make you feel? If you describe it with one word what would it be? Join the conversation by leaving a comment below.
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