Garden Closed

The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is temporarily closed to the public to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus.

Whenever possible, the USBG will reschedule public programs and events originally scheduled during the closure period. Please monitor the USBG website for updates to operating status. Many resources can still be accessed online, including educational worksheets and manuals, fact sheets and more, and some of our programs will also be made available online. Find online resources at

Landscape For Life™

Harness nature's power to create a healthy, beautiful home landscape
Gardens are a gift, providing backyard beauty, a pleasant atmosphere and often, food for the table. It's too bad that sometimes gardens unintentionally work against nature. They can damage the environment's ability to clean air and water, reduce flooding and provide all the other natural benefits that support life on earth - including us.

Landscape For Life shows you how to work with nature in your garden, no matter where you live, whether you garden on a city or suburban lot, a 20-acre farm or the common area of your condominium.

The good news is that each home garden can protect and restore the environmental, economic and human health benefits provided by nature. It's possible to create a great-looking garden that's healthier for you, your family, your pets and the environment - and that saves you time and money!

Getting Started
The Landscape for Life website contains a wealth of information on sustainable gardening to make it easy to transform your home garden into a beautiful and healthy refuge for you and your family.

The website has major sections on Getting Started, Soil, Water, Plants, Materials and Human Health. Each section includes helpful advice on gardening practices that take advantage of natural processes at work on your property.

You can also get sustainable ideas for your landscape at the U.S. Botanic Garden information desk with a free brochure outlining Landscape for Life.