Chapter 21. United States Botanic Garden

United States Botanic Garden

The United States Botanic Garden Conservatory seen from across Independence Ave. SW in Bartholdi Park. Taken at ISO 100, f/8, 1/100 second with a 28mm lens.

Why It's Worth a Photograph

Amidst the often crowded and busy National Mall sits the United States Botanic Garden, a tranquil oasis filled with over 4,000 plants. The Botanic Garden is comprised of the Conservatory, the National Garden, and across Independence Avenue, Bartholdi Park. It is the oldest continually operating botanic garden in the U.S., having been open to the public beginning in 1850.

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Check the Botanic Garden's Web site for details as to what is in bloom currently (www.usbg.gov).

The National Garden has a Butterfly Garden, First Ladies Water Garden (dedicated to the service performed by all the nation's first ladies), a regional garden showcasing plants native to the mid-Atlantic region, a small amphitheatre (which offers great views of the Capitol dome), and finally a Rose Garden. Across the street is Bartholdi Park, an area not visited by most tourists that showcases innovative gardening techniques and combinations of plants.

The best locations from which to photograph the United States Botanic Garden: (A) the Conservatory and (B) the National Garden. Nearby photo ops: (11) National Mall, (17) Supreme Court of the United States, (19) Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, (22) United States Capitol, and (23) United States Library of Congress.

Figure 21.1. The best locations from which to photograph the United States Botanic Garden: (A) the Conservatory and (B) the National Garden. Nearby photo ...

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