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Devin Dotson
United States Botanic Garden
245 First Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
Phone: 202-226-4145

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In 1820, the U.S. Congress granted land for a national botanic garden. The U.S. Botanic Garden was formally founded in 1850. It is part of the Legislative Branch of government and administered through the Architect of the Capitol.

The U.S. Botanic Garden is a living plant museum and accredited by the American Association of Museums. There are three public components of the U.S. Botanic Garden:

  • The Conservatory houses the following displays and exhibits: Garden Court, The Tropics, Plant Adaptations, Garden Primeval, Hawaii, World Deserts, Medicinal Plants, Orchids, Mediterranean, Rare and Endangered Species, Southern Exposure (seasonally), Children's Garden (seasonally), and temporary exhibits in the East and West Galleries.
  • The National Garden features a Regional Garden of Mid-Atlantic native plants, a Rose Garden devoted to the national flower, a Butterfly Garden, a First Ladies Water Garden, and an Amphitheater.
  • Bartholdi Park houses historic Bartholdi Fountain with gardens is a showcase of beautiful, sustainable, and accessible landscape design. It was renovated in 2016 using the principles of the Sustainable SITES Initiative. The accessible garden design features native plants, water-conserving rain gardens, wildlife habitat, greater accessibility, and Frederic Auguste Bartholdi's historic Fountain of Light and Water.

The U.S. Botanic Garden maintains more than 12,000 accessions, comprising about 65,000 plants for exhibition, study, conservation and exchange with other institutions. Noteworthy collections include economic plants, medicinal plants, orchids, carnivorous plants, cacti and succulents, Mid-Atlantic native plants and ferns. Several specimen date from the U.S. Exploring Expedition (1838-1842).

The U.S. Botanic Garden also serves as a rescue center for plants confiscated at U.S. borders in cooperation with CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.