Friday, February 27, 2009

Spring Gardens at United States Botanic Garden

A beautiful warm day for us which was about 52 degrees F. and I visited the United States Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. Sleet and snow are in the forecast for tomorrow night so it was a rush into town and out again.

You can see the US Capitol from outside in the gardens. The above photograph I took in the National Garden which is part of USBG.

This is no doubt the tidiest perennial garden I have ever seen in winter. Maybe even in my life. So unlike mine, but then I want birds in my gardens. They work for food. Nor is this portion anything like an english-style garden where it's packed solid inch by inch with plants and shrubs.

When you enter the conservatory you know right away a sensational treat awaits you. The warm humid air, the scent of flowers, and the gurgling fountains add to the majestic size of the place. Everything is lush and packed together just how I like it. The more the better seems to be their motto. I agree! Every crook and corner is brimming with live flora.

Yes, spring has arrived here in the Garden Court area of the conservatory. Azealeas, daffodils, amaryllis, bromelaids and orchids in abundance. The USBG has 5,000 specimens of orchids. Hundreds are on display and the others are rotated from their Production Facility about 4 miles away.

Once a year the USBG Production Facility, which consists of 34 greenhouse bays, is open to the public for tours and visiting with the gardeners. A real wonderland of plants. This year the date is March 7th and to register for tours call (202)225-1116 or go to

All of this is funded by our tax dollars. Fabulous news. More money for gardening.

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