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 at www.USBG.gov 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.
The U.S. Botanic Garden works with numerous organizations to increase awareness of native plants, protect endangered plants and promote conservation and sustainable practices:
The North American Orchid Conservation Center is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and the U.S. Botanic Garden to join public and private organizations to conserve, cultivate and restore North America's native orchids.
Fighting Invasive Plants! The Mid-Atlantic region is overrun with non-native, invasive plants. The USBG worked with The Nature Conservancy and National Park Service on an educational program, brochure and wallet card aimed at engaging citizens to help save our native habitats.
The Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water is working with the USBG on low-impact development techniques, also known as Green Infrastructure. The EPA and USBG are also collaborating on reducing or eliminating storm water runoff at the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory. See our Rain Garden on the Conservatory Terrace for the first step of this work.