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National Garden

The National Garden provides "living laboratories" for environmental, horticultural, and botanical education in a contemplative setting.

The National Garden opened in 2006 as a place for visitors to experience the diversity of plants, including the rose, America's national flower. A natural complement to the Botanic Garden Conservatory, the National Garden is an outdoor laboratory for gardening in harmony with natural ecosystems.

From this three-acre urban oasis, visitors are able to experience the beauty and power of nature, while enjoying the inspiring vistas of Capitol Hill. An abundantly landscaped path meanders through six distinct features:

  1. Regional Garden: features Mid-Atlantic native plants that highlight the diversity and beauty of the region's flora.
  2. Rose Garden: an ongoing experiment, showcasing roses that thrive in the Mid-Atlantic when grown using organic methods.
  3. Butterfly Garden: demonstrates how gardens can provide vital resources for pollinators.
  4. First Ladies Water Garden: honors the contribution of our nation's First Ladies.
  5. Lawn Terrace: functions as a welcoming location for outdoor tours, festivals and summer classes.
  6. Amphitheater: serves as an outdoor gathering place for educational programs and also provides a spectacular view of the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory and the U.S. Capitol dome.

Find out more about the U.S. Botanic Garden’s National Garden at usbg.gov/national-garden.


Adjacent to the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory with entrances from Independence Avenue, Maryland Avenue (at 3rd street) and from the Conservatory Terrace

Last Updated: March 25, 2015