The US Botanic Garden has been at its current location since 1933, but there has been a public garden presence of some sort on the Mall since 1820. Not surprisingly Thomas Jefferson had a hand in it's establishment, along with a couple of other historical figures you may have heard of, Mr. G.Washington and Mr. J. Madison.
Unfortunately, it was a particularly hot and sticky day for our visit and my documentation was not as thorough as I would have liked. The garden consists of a large architecturally imposing conservatory with 28,944 square feet under glass, the National Garden-a 3 acre outdoor space that was opened in 2006, and Bertholdi Park. Admission is completely free.
Though I didn't take enough photos, the sidewalk bed outside the fence was lined with a very nice dense shrub border. Nothing cutting edge but pleasant and peppered nicely with color.
The Daylilies were a common thread in many of the gardens -unmolested by the damnable snails they were a colorful beacon.
Another view from the sidewalk outside the garden. Who knew there was a garden so nearby the seat of our federal government ? Perhaps their civility and functionality would improve if they spent time strolling there daily. We gardeners get things done.
The National Garden regional area features native plants of the mid-Atlantic. I would have liked to spend more time here but the conservatory was beckoning.
This was often the borrowed view. It was not easy to forget where you were !
The conservatory entry courtyard.
Pretty sure this guy is saying 'damn it's hot-when can we go back to the hotel?'
The conservatory was well-done and nicely maintained with varied rooms that displayed plants from several global climate zones . There was definitely an educational component to the exhibits.
Bartholdi Park was just across Independence Avenue and featured it's 30 ft tall namesake fountain that has been in or around the US Botanic Garden since 1877. Read about it's history here.
The view from Bartholdi Park.
It's my hope to return to this garden one day for a more in-depth visit. Though not what I would classify a world-class public garden , it's worth seeing if you are in the area.