A weekend trip to Washington, D.C., gave me the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful flower and plant collections at the US Botanic Garden ('USBG'). One of the oldest and largest botanic gardens in the country, USBG is well worth a visit for home gardeners and plant lovers alike.
Much of the collection is housed in the stunning conservatory, a 29,000 foot greenhouse with a series of themed indoor garden rooms, I simply loved the view of the banana palms and other tropical plants from the three-story canopy walk. The orchid room is also quite lovely. USBG maintains about 5,000 orchid specimens. I was thrilled to see types of lady's slipper orchids during my visit, as well as beauties like the jaunty yellow orchid below.
Outside, the three-acre National Garden is an absolute delight. With its lovely plantings highlighting the native plants, shrubs, and trees of the Mid-Atlantic region, National Garden provides great inspirations for home gardeners. I was pleased to see many of the native plants from my own gardens - fothergilla, crested iris, witch hazel - incorporated into the designs.
Want some ideas for your own home landscape? Get the USBG's list of recommended native plants, trees, and shrubs for gardeners. Simply contact me by email, and I'll be glad to send you a copy. And if you ever have the opportunity, do pay a visit to the US Botanic Garden. You will certainly enjoy it!