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U.S. Botanic Garden

Science Museum
U.S. Botanic Garden photo
Courtesy of U.S. Botanic Garden
A tropical paradise, its richly scented halls delirious with color and bloom, the U.S. Botanic Garden has always been an oasis for weary visitors.
Daily 10 am-5 pm
(The Mall)
Smithsonian (Blue and Orange lines), Archives-Navy Memorial (Green and Yellow lines), Federal Center SW (Blue and Orange lines)
Free
202-225-8333
12/30

Holiday Music

A celebration of the holidays with holiday music.
Through 1/4/15

Season's Greenings

Beyond being a delightfully warm place to seek refuge from winter's worst weather, the Botanic Garden is decked out in extra greenery for its annual exhibit of Washington landmarks created out of plants. And if a miniature Lincoln Memorial made out of sea grape leaves, reindeer moss and coriander seeds isn't whimsical enough for you, there's also a nautical-themed model train display with more than 30 lighthouses, mermaids and a pirate ship. -- Amy Orndorff