Opening/ Closure Status

All outdoor gardens are currently open. The Conservatory and public restrooms remain closed, due to the closure of the U.S. Capitol campus buildings. Please monitor for updates on operating status. USBG resources can be accessed online, including educational materials, virtual tours, and online programs by visiting

Online Programs

Father and son with computer outsideJoin the Garden to learn about gardening, talks by garden book authors, yoga, cooking with seasonal food plants, and more via online programs. Find more ways to connect with the Garden from home at

On-going online programs:

    (Recordings are posted to each page for future viewing)

    Fall online programs

    Additional programs coming soon, and videos for some will be posted here after the program occurs.


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    Programs Archive: Recordings of previous programs

    • Paint Your Own Botanical Mural

    • Book Talk: Resilience - Connecting with Nature in the Time in A Time of Crisis

    Online Demo: Caring for Houseplants

    Online Corpse Flower Live Q&A: Horticulture Focus

    Author Talk: Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life

    Author Talk: American Eden

    Author Talk: Finding Solace at Theodore Roosevelt Island

    Live Cooking Demo: Quick Pickles and Pumpkin Butter

    Live Cooking Demo: "Can I Substitute...?" Using What You've Got to Make A Meal

    Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist (lecture)

    Yard of the Month! Plants for Civic Engagement and Transformation

    Scary Beautiful: Carnivorous Plants Q&A

    Online Demo: Natural Dyes at Home: The Basics

    Online Art Workshop: Drawing Winter Trees in Pencil and Ink

    Online Demo: Shrub Pruning for the Home Gardener

    Mexican Dishes with Muchas Gracias - Local Chef Series

    Online Talk: Hillwood - A Garden For All Seasons

    Herbarium Demo: Plant ImPRESSIONs

    Online Q&A: Plant Health Care for Home Growers

    Early Spring Flowers in Watercolor (Online Art Workshop)

    Online Ask An Expert: Kitchen Garden Preparations

    Celebrating Women in Science: Crop Wild Relatives in Research (Online Panel)

    Online Q&A: Orchid Care for the Home Grower

    Horticulture, History, and Immigrants: Systems Altering This Land (Online Talk)

    Online Q&A: Seasonal Vegetable Gardening

    Creating a Cutting Garden (Online Lecture)

    Natural Dyes at Home: Simple Techniques

    USBG at 200 (Part 1): Deeply Rooted

    Unexpected Foraging with Alexis Nikole Nelson

    Plant Science Conversations: Global Coffee Conservation and Genetics (Online Discussion)

    Spring Container Gardening (Online Demo)

    USBG at 200 (Part 2): Branching Outward (Online Discussion)

    Cooking with Lemon and Tamarind (Online Cooking Demo)

    Becoming Urban Nature: NYC's Washington Square Park from 1609-2021 (Online Lecture)

    Growing a Corpse Flower (Online Q&A)

    A Piet Oudolf Story (Online Lecture)

    Low Floral Centerpieces (Online Demo)

    Floral Design: Intro to Cut Flowers

    Drawing Cacti & Succulents in Colored Pencil Art Workshop

    D.C.'s Bees: Natives in our Neighborhoods (Online Lecture)

    June Seasonal Vegetable Gardening Q&A

    July Seasonal Vegetable Gardening Q&A

    August Seasonal Vegetable Gardening Q&A

    Sustainable Gardening (Online Lecture)

    Fall Container Gardening (Online Demo)

    Unexpected Fall Foraging with Alexis Nikole Nelson (@blackforager) (Online Lecture)

    Jamaican Cuisine with Island Bwoy Cuisine (Local Chef Series)

    Hardy Plants for the Cutting Garden (Online Lecture)

    Virtual Tours and other resources:

    If you're looking for other ways to connect with the Garden online during this time, explore our gardens through a Virtual Tour and video tour series: