The National Garden is an outdoor laboratory for gardening in harmony with natural ecosystems and a place for visitors to experience the diversity of plants.

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.

The USBG was formally placed under the jurisdiction of the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress in 1856 and has been administered through the Architect of the Capitol since 1934.

Find out more about the U.S. Botanic Garden at usbg.gov.

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Constantino Brumidi, War detail from the Apotheosis of Washington, 1865.

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Apotheosis of Washington

Painted in the true fresco technique by Constantino Brumidi in 1865 in the eye of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

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