Steal a Few Hours with Mother Nature at the United States Botanic GardenFebruary 27, 2018
When George Washington imagined what his infant country would eventually look like, that dream included a national botanic garden stocked with native plants. It only took a few decades for Congress to establish the United States Botanic Garden in 1820. Now nearly 200 years later, the U.S. Botanic Garden continues to promote the importance of plants by highlighting greenery from around the region.
When you explore the gardens, start at the iconic Rose Garden. Its array of colorful and sweet-smelling blooms are all cultivated using organic techniques specific to the area. Then head to the Butterfly Garden, where winged creatures flit from bright flower to bright flower. Don't miss the Regional Garden, which showcases Mid-Atlantic plants, or the First Ladies Garden, a growing homage to former First Ladies of the U.S. The amphitheater and the lawn terrace round out the attractions at the U.S. Botanic Garden.