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September 28 Spend Some Tranquil Time Exploring the United States Botanic Garden

​Located on the National Mall, the United States Botanic Garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America and informs visitors about the importance, value, and diversity of native plants. From roses to orchids to rare and endangered plants, the permanent exhibits display a wide variety of plants and environments.

The indoor gardens and galleries of the Conservatory offer the perfect place to spend a rainy or winter day, and the outdoor gardens include Mid-Atlantic plants, a rose garden, a butterfly garden, and more. Check out the upcoming exhibit, Season's Greenings: All Aboard!, starting November 22nd for a model train show chugging around, below, through, and above plant-based recreations of historic railroad stations.

The Conservatory and National Garden are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, including all weekends and holidays. Admission to the United States Botanic Garden is free, and the facility also hosts lectures, workshops, and children and family programs. The easiest way to reach the gardens is by Metrorail by taking either the Orange, Blue, or Silver line to the Federal Center SW station.