To limit the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus, the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) has changed its operations. The Conservatory and gated outdoor gardens are temporarily closed to the public while Bartholdi Park and the Terrace Gardens remain open. Please monitor this website for updates to operating status. Many resources can be accessed online, including educational materials, virtual tours, informational videos, and our fall programs will all be online. Connect with resources from home at www.USBG.gov/AtHome.
The United States Botanic Garden will have expanded online programming and limited holiday decorations this year. Festive adornments, winterberries, lights, and greenery will be placed in the Terrace Gardens and Bartholdi Park from Nov. 23, 2020, through Jan. 10, 2021. There will not be a train display this year, and the Conservatory and gated outdoor gardens remain closed at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hours and Holiday Concerts
The Garden's free annual holiday concerts will stream online this year. Festive concerts of seasonal music will feature Chelsey Green (classical, R&B, and hip hop fusion) on December 8, Cantor Arianne Brown (Chanukah and world music) on December 15, Chris Urquiaga "JChris" (pop, R&B, and Latin) on December 22, and Veronneau (acoustic jazz with a global twist) on December 29. The concerts will premiere at 5:30 p.m. on the Garden's website at www.USBG.gov/HolidayConcerts and on the USBG Facebook and YouTube channels.
Other seasonal programs will also be offered online, including a winter wreath making program on December 5 and a live, interactive cooking demo on using dried fruits in winter recipes on December 4. Registration for both of these free programs is at www.USBG.gov/OnlinePrograms. The Garden's weekly cooking series featuring the Cook Sisters will continue during the holidays, featuring innovative recipes for seasonal beverages, side dishes, desserts, and more. New episodes premiere each Thursday at noon at www.USBG.gov/Cooking and the USBG's Facebook.
The operating status of the U.S. Botanic Garden is subject to change based on government guidance and in response to changing circumstances. Any changes in the Garden's status will be announced online at www.USBG.gov/Visit and via the Garden's social media channels.
DC Landmarks Building Guide - Materials and Trivia
Learn about the plants that make up our famous DC landmarks buildings:
- DC landmarks Building Materials Guide (U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial...)
Learn about growing poinsettias, their history, and more!
Archive of previous holiday shows
Looking for information about previous Season's Greenings shows? Check the archive:
- 2014: Season's Greenings: Lighthouses (November 27, 2014 - January 4, 2015)
Holiday cheer abounds at the U.S. Botanic Garden! Despite the cold winter outside, the Conservatory boasts a tropical paradise, one of the largest indoor decorated trees in Washington, D.C. and a showcase of poinsettia and their plant cousins. It wouldn't be the winter holiday season without the fantasy train display in the East Gallery, which chugs along a track through imaginative structures created with plant materials. Explore the seven seas, using lighthouses to navigate your way through this year's scenic wonderland. Many of the capital's landmark buildings, all made from natural materials, will be on display in the Garden Court. Come in from the cold and enjoy the sights, scents, and sounds of Season's Greenings.
- 2015: Season's Greenings: Pollination Station
- 2016: Season's Greenings: National Parks and Historic Places
- 2017: Season's Greenings: Roadside Attractions
- 2018: Season's Greenings: All Aboard!
- 2019: Season's Greenings: America's Gardens
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