Saturday, November 5, 2011

United States Botanic Garden, Washington D.C.


When visiting Washington D.C, it can be difficult at times to decide what to visit. In future blog entries, I will allow you to experience the many sites we were privileged to see. I hope my pictures give you a sense of participating in my tours and helps you decide what exhibits and museums you may wish to visit in the future.

This blog entry will take you through the United States Botanic Garden. They are actively working in partnership with programs to conserve threatened plants. One of their goals is to educate visitors about plant conservation. The following picture will reveal how they have made their gardens sustainable and more eco-friendly.


The clear glass allows sunlight to radiate into conservatory. High-efficiency fans move with high velocity, but use minimal energy when compared with the traditional paddle fans. The flow of air helps to the plants healthy and vigorous.


Upon entering each exhibit, a sign displays the habitat. World Deserts, Medicinal plants, Orchids, Hawaii, Rare and Endangered Species are just a few or the many beautiful rooms.

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The different exhibits host unique plants with their native habitats. the tropical flowers are a welcoming sight.


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The water features dispersed throughout the gardens adds a tranquil feel and helps to add humidity to the climate.


Orchids are one of a kind. In their own way, they seem to enrapture the viewer. Is it the array of color, their graceful appearance, or just the multitude of names they instill in us awe? Maybe you just wonder what provoked such unusual names such as Beard orchid, Camel foot, and the Chicken foot orchid of Peru!

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You don’t have to travel far to see desert cactus at the Botanic Gardens. No camels needed, but bringing a camera along is a good idea.

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In the Medicinal Garden there is much to discover. You will learn about many plants and how they are used for healing. Click on the sign to read about the Castor Oil plant.


In another room are various displays that show different plants and their uses in supplements, vitamins, body products, and more.


Finally, we were able to see some of the technology that will help to make our homes and environment more sustainable. I thought it was pretty neat to put grass on the roof. Maybe one day we will be able to grow vegetables on our roofs!


Whether visiting in spring or winter this is great place to visit. I hope you enjoyed this tour and will consider visiting the United States Botanic Garden in the future.

1 comment:

  1. I liked how you described all the pictures for your story it helped me a lot for my research project!!