The U.S. Botanic Garden invites visitors to come enjoy blooms and a beverage with special summer evening hours on select Thursdays. On the third Thursdays in June, July, and August 2024, the Garden will stay open until 8 p.m. for visitors to enjoy the golden hour and sunset amidst summer flowers and the USBG plant collection from around the world. All areas of the Garden will stay open until 8 p.m. on June 20, July 18, and August 15, 2024.

In partnership with the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden, local restauranteur Vintage Views will have lemonade, botanical non-alcoholic mocktails, and snacks available for purchase all three extended evenings.

Additionally, for the June 20 evening, local frozen treat vendor Jarabe Gourmet Pops will have gourmet popsicles available for purchase.

The gift shop will stay open during the extended evenings, offering unique USBG-themed items, plants, and other botanical items for purchase. The USBG gift shop is run by local business ReWild in collaboration with the Friends of the USBG.

What plants might you see during summer evening hours? In June, the Rose Garden continues to be full of fragrant rose blooms. In July, you might enjoy the colorful native wildflowers blooming like coneflowers (Echinacea paradoxa). And in August, the cooling mist from the Fountain of Light and Water (Bartholdi Fountain) is a wonderful spot in the Garden! Of course, the Conservatory will be full of orchid blooms, tropical palms, desert plants, and more all summer long!

Entrance to the USBG is free and tickets are not required. Learn more and plan your visit at