Plan Your Holiday Visit

Season's Greenings - Pollination StationHoliday cheer abounds at the U.S. Botanic Garden! Despite the cold winter outside, the Conservatory boasts a tropical paradise, one of the largest indoor decorated trees in Washington, D.C., and a showcase of poinsettias. It wouldn't be the winter holiday season without the train display in the East Gallery, where trains chug along tracks around and above you through imaginative structures created with plant materials. Explore Pollination Station where you can visit oversized flowers, bees and butterflies in this year's scenic wonderland. See D.C. landmarks such as the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument, all made from plants, on display in the Garden Court. Come in from the cold and enjoy the sights, scents and sounds of Season's Greenings.

Season's Greenings: Pollination Station runs from Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015 to Sunday, January 3, 2016. The best times to visit Season's Greenings are weekdays early in December or on select Tuesday and Thursday evenings in December when the Conservatory is open until 8 p.m. with live seasonal music.

Aside from these extended holiday hours, the Conservatory is open every day of the year, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free of charge.

Please travel lightly, as the Conservatory is not equipped to store your personal items. You must keep strollers and all personal items with you at all times.

We welcome - and encourage - personal photography at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Due to the increased number of visitors to the Garden during Season's Greenings, tripods cannot be used on any weekends or on weekdays from the middle of December through the end of the exhibit.

Commercial photography - including wedding, engagement and professional family photography - is not allowed in the Garden at any time of the year.

Group tours are not offered during Season's Greenings, but resume in January each year after the holiday exhibit is over.

During Season's Greenings, there are two entrances to the Conservatory on Maryland Avenue SW.

  • The Model Train Entrance provides entry to the model train exhibit. After you've seen the trains, you can view the rest of the Season's Greenings: Pollination Station exhibit throughout the Conservatory.
  • The Conservatory Entrance bypasses the main train display and provides entry to the rest of the Conservatory. You'll find seasonal plant displays throughout the Conservatory, replicas of the capital's landmark buildings in the Garden Court and one of the largest indoor decorated trees in Washington, D.C., in the West Gallery.

In short, if you want to see the model trains, please use the Model Train Entrance.