March 24, 2022

A visitor walks through palms and other tropical plants with a white and pink orchid in the foregroundWASHINGTON – The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) will reopen the Conservatory to the public on April 1, marking a full reopening of all areas of the USBG. Entrance to the USBG is free and timed tickets will not be required. The Conservatory will resume normal hours of 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily, the gated outdoor gardens will be open spring-summer hours of 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Bartholdi Fountain and Gardens will continue to be open dawn to dusk. 

Masks are recommended for indoor spaces, and groups are encouraged to maintain social distance from other visitor groups. Visitors who are sick or do not feel well should stay home.

All interior rooms of the Conservatory will be open starting April 1, and the Children’s Garden and Southern Exposure seasonal outdoor courtyards are planned to reopen April 22, weather permitting.

Newly renovated garden spaces throughout the Conservatory will display more of the USBG’s diverse plant collections and offer increased accessibility. Visitors can see a new exhibit on agriculture, “Cultivate: Growing Food in a Changing World,” in the galleries and multiple other garden spaces. Additionally, a new gift store run by the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden and local D.C. small business Rewild will operate in the Conservatory’s West Gallery, offering botanically-themed gifts for purchase. The store will be open on weekends, expanding to more days later in the spring.

Visitors are invited to explore the USBG’s collection of plants from across the country and around the world and enjoy thousands of tulips and other spring flowers coming into bloom throughout the outdoor gardens. Plan your visit at

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About U.S. Botanic Garden

The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is the oldest continuously operating public garden in the United States, created in 1820. The USBG informs visitors about the importance and fundamental value and diversity of plants, as well as their aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic, and ecological significance. With over a million visitors annually, the USBG strives to demonstrate and promote sustainable practices. It is a living plant museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and Botanic Gardens Conservation International.