The new You Can Grow It! exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) is open now through October 15, 2017. This indoor and outdoor exhibit showcases tips and answers to some of the questions visitors ask most frequently about how to care for plants in their own homes and gardens, including how to choose the best plant for their space and care abilities.
The exhibit provides answers to common issues about lighting, watering, fertilizing and pests, as well as how to rescue a plant that experiences problems. For those unsure of what kinds of plants they can grow where they live, visitors can find tips based on which direction their window(s) face in a four-panel "house" diorama.
"No one is born with a green thumb," said Ari Novy, Executive Director. "Gardening is life-long learning leading to an ever-greening thumb, and plants, over time. Through You Can Grow It!, the U.S Botanic Garden is excited to share our horticultural expertise. This exhibit will provide valuable tips for expert gardeners and beginners alike to keep the plants in your life healthy and beautiful."
The Conservatory gallery features separate sections with tips on topics such as foolproof plants (for those with a less-than-bright-green-thumb); today's popular succulents; tropical house plants; seasonal plants like amaryllis, Christmas cactus, poinsettia and more; expert care tips on orchids, carnivorous plants and others; how to propagate plants from seeds and cuttings; and even hydroponics. Outdoors, You Can Grow It! showcases plants for growing outdoors including items for kitchen use like herbs and vegetables, container gardening and more.
Throughout the exhibit run, the USBG will offer programs, workshops, lectures, tours and cooking demonstrations to showcase and provide training on gardening at home. Visit www.usbg.gov/youcangrowit to learn more about the exhibit and associated programs.
The U.S. Botanic Garden is open to the public, free of charge, every day of the year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Conservatory is located at 100 Maryland Ave. SW, on the southwest side of the U.S. Capitol. Visitors are encouraged to use Metrobus and Metrorail. More information is available at www.usbg.gov.