The U.S. Botanic Garden is committed to creating and offering extraordinary exhibits that delight, educate and inspire the public to become more active stewards of the plants that support life on earth.
November 28 through January 5, 2014
Holiday cheer abounds at the U.S. Botanic Garden! Despite the cold winter outside, the Conservatory boasts a tropical paradise, a poinsettia showcase and a grove of conifer trees. The West Gallery houses one of the largest indoor, decorated trees in Washington, D.C., and the Garden Court is home to a display of model landmark buildings from our nation's capital, all made from plant materials.
It wouldn't be the winter holiday season without the fantasy train display in the East Gallery, which chugs along more than 800 feet of track through imaginative structures created with plant materials. Explore the "World's Fair" and see many familiar creations that resulted from a long history of public exhibitions.
Many of the capital's landmark buildings, all made from natural materials, are on display in the Garden Court.
Come in from the cold and enjoy the sights, scents and sounds of Season's Greenings. We can help plan your holiday visit.
Live Seasonal Music
Season's Greenings is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with extended hours to 8 p.m. for live seasonal music on the Tuesdays and Thursdays in December listed below:
|Thursday, December 5||6 p.m. - 8 p.m.||Lox & Vodka, Klezmer|
|Tuesday, December 10||6 p.m. - 8 p.m.||Project Natale, jazz|
|Thursday, December 12||6 p.m. - 8 p.m.||Capital Accord Chorus, a cappella|
|Tuesday, December 17||6 p.m. - 8 p.m.||Laissez Foure, New Orleans-style jazz|
|Thursday, December 19||6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.||The Capital Hearings, a cappella|
|Tuesday, December 24||6 p.m. - 8 p.m.||Tony Craddock Jr. & Cold Front, jazz|
|Thursday, December 26||6 p.m. - 8 p.m.||40 Thieves, Irish folk rock|
|Friday, January 3||Noon - 2 p.m.||Samovar, Russian folk|
- Conservatory: The permanent exhibits in our Conservatory will take you around the world all year long. It houses collections of plants from subtropical, tropical and arid regions and showcases orchids, medicinal, economic, endangered and Jurassic plants. From late May to mid-October, the Conservatory Terrace features thematic exhibitions.
- National Garden: Our newest outdoor garden, the National Garden features the Regional Garden of Mid-Atlantic native plants, the Rose Garden - all grown organically - devoted to the U.S. national flower, the Butterfly Garden and the First Ladies Water Garden."
- Bartholdi Park: Bartholdi Park, a favorite "secret" garden of Washingtonians, is across Independence Avenue from the Conservatory. Here visitors will find a tapestry of theme gardens surrounding the historic Bartholdi Fountain. The gardens suggest interesting plants and innovative designs at a scale suitable for the home landscape.
- Titan Arum: Amorphophallus titanum is known as the titan arum, or corpse flower, because at full bloom, the inflorescence is said to smell like a large rotting corpse. In addition to the July 2013 blooming titan arum, the U.S. Botanic Garden has displayed these amazing blooming plants in 2003, 2005 and 2007.
- Savage Gardens provided a special look into the captivating, and bizarre, world of carnivorous plants and their astounding adaptations to inhospitable habitats. Hungry for more? Don't miss the time lapse video of a sundew trapping a fruit fly.
- Slow Life is a window into the world of plants. It accelerates the time-scale of plants into our own frame of reference, speeding up their everyday lives to a pace that resonates with our own. This online guide to the lives of plants is based on the traveling exhibit developed by the U.S. Botanic Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden and Indiana University.
- The advent of book publishing ushered in an exuberant age of plant exploration and discovery. Plants in Print: The Age of Botanical Discovery, a collaboration between the U.S. Botanic Garden and the Chicago Botanic Garden, shares the rich history of botany and plant exploration with a nationwide audience.