Garden Closed

To limit the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus, the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) has changed its operations. The Conservatory and gated outdoor gardens are temporarily closed to the public, while Bartholdi Park and the Terrace Gardens remain open. Please monitor this website for updates to operating status. Many resources can be accessed online, including educational materials, virtual tours, informational videos, and our winter programs will all be online. Connect with resources from home at


WHAT IS BIODIVERSITY? Biodiversity is the variety of living things on Earth. It includes ecosystem diversity, species diversity, and genetic diversity. Did you know?Sometimes humans play an important part in creating ecosystem diversity. Native Americans set prairies on fire when hunting animals and clearing land. Tall grass and other prairie plants with deep roots survived the fires. The prairie grasses provided food for large herds of bison, which in turn supplied the Indians with food and hides for clothing and shelter.