Editors' pick

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
Through 10/13

Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots

An exhibition highlighting plant roots as a vital component of the ecosystem.
9/26 - 10/24

Flowers Stink

In this family-friendly musical, two plants help a girl write a poem. Best for age 7 and older.
9/12 - 10/25

The Cerulean Time Capsule

This interactive show a time-traveling botanist requires help for the audience to find a time capsule. Best for age 7 and older.
11/26 - 1/3/16

Season's Greenings

Displays include an exhibit of Washington landmarks created out of plants, a poinsettia showcase, train and a pollinator-themed wonderland.