"Trivia Quiz included here" U.S. Botanical Garden Tip by rexvaughan

U.S. Botanical Garden, Washington D.C.: 5 reviews and 13 photos

  In the conservatory
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I guess I was expecting a dazzling display of colorful blooms, but that is not really the mission of the National Botanic Garden. It was begun in 1820 to collect, grow and distribute plants from around the world that ?might contribute to the welfare of the American people.? currently maintains about 26,000 plants. The plants are used for exhibition, study, and exchange with other institutions. The Garden's noteworthy collections include economic plants, medicinal plants, orchids, cacti and succulents, bromeliads, cycads, and ferns. It was originally just west of the Capitol grounds but moved here in 1933 and the conservatory has undergone complete renovation recently. Part of the renovation is the National Garden which is scheduled to open in October 2006.

The grounds of the U.S. Botanic Garden are located on the National Mall across from the U.S. Capitol along First Street, S.W., between Maryland Avenue and C Street. You may visit the Conservatory daily from 10 am to 5 pm and Bartholdi Park daily from dawn to dusk. Admission is free.

One feature that did indeed interest me is Bartholdi Park which is just beside the conservatory. It is a lovely small outdoor garden featuring a fountain done by Bartholdi. It
was done originally for the US Centennial celebration in Philadelphia and was moved to Washington after the festivities.

Quiz question of the day (this should be easy): What other grand work did Bartholdi do that now almost universally identifies the US?

Address: 100 Maryland Avenue, SW
Directions: Located on the National Mall across from the U.S. Capitol along First Street, S.W., between Maryland Avenue and C Street.
Phone: (202) 225-8333
Website: http://www.usbg.gov/index.cfm

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  • Updated Feb 24, 2006
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