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2004_DC_SINH_Orchids9DC -- Smithsonian Gardens & USBG -- Orchid Express @ Natural History Museum
The Orchid Express
December 4, 2004 – May 1, 2005
Until recently, orchids have been considered finicky, difficult, and prohibitively expensive; but with the new technologies, they have become ubiquitous, appearing in movies and TV shows, hotel lobbies and information desks, as well as windowsills and...
2019_DC_SIPG_Orchids55DC -- Smithsonian Gardens & USBG -- Orchid Show @ Donald Reynolds Center
Orchids: Amazing Adaptations
February 16, 2019 – April 28, 2019
Escape the winter cold and step into a floral oasis in the Kogod Courtyard with Orchids: Amazing Adaptations. A joint collaboration with Smithsonian Gardens, United States Botanic Garden, SAAM, and National Portrait Gallery, this...
2007_DC_SINH_Orchids18DC -- Smithsonian Gardens & USBG -- Orchid Show @ Natural History Museum
2013_DC_SINH_Orchids62DC -- Smithsonian Gardens & USBG -- Orchids of Latin America @ Natural History Museum
Orchids of Latin America
January 26, 2013 - April 21, 2013
Do you want to stroll through a tropical rain forest on a cold winter's day? Visit this year’s orchid exhibition to explore the rich crossroads where orchid botany, horticulture, and Latin American cultures meet. Learn about the importance of...
2009_DC_SINH_Orchids67DC -- Smithsonian Gardens & USBG -- Orchids Through Darwin's Eyes @ Natural History Museum
Orchids Through Darwin's Eyes:
Forming one of the largest families of flowering plants, orchids had adapted to live in almost every type of environment around the world. Orchids helped Charles Darwin (1809-1882) formulate his theories of natural selection and evolution. Since then, they have starred in...
2017_DC_SIHIR_Orchids31DC -- Smithsonian Gardens & USBG -- orchids: A MOMENT @ Hirshhorn
orchids: A MOMENT
January 14, 2017 – May 14, 2017
The Smithsonian Gardens and United States Botanic Garden 2017 Orchid Exhibition, showcases over 100 orchids in a limited-time display amidst the Hirshhorn’s unique architecture. Selected from the collections of both Smithsonian Gardens and the U.S....
2011_DC_SINH_Orchids78DC -- Smithsonian Gardens & USBG -- Orchids: A View From The East @ Natural History Museum
Orchids: A View From The East: January 29 - April 24, 2011:
Orchids have been a part of Chinese culture for many centuries, permeating Chinese history, legends, literature, and art. Since ancient times, orchids have been celebrated in China for their beauty and fragrance, and appreciated as symbols of...
2015_DC_SINH_Orchids77DC -- Smithsonian Gardens & USBG -- Orchids: Interlocking Science and Beauty @ Natural History Museum
Orchids: Interlocking Science and Beauty
January 24, 2015 – April 26, 2015
Explore the rich crossroads where orchid botany, horticulture, and technology connect. Featuring orchids from the Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection and the United States Botanic Garden Orchid Collection, the exhibit looks...
2002_DC_Botanic85DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden
2003_DC_Botanic26DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden
2004_DC_Botanic28DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden
2005_DC_Botanic26DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden
2006_DC_Botanic39DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden
2007_DC_Botanic10DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden
2008_DC_Botanic27DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden
2009_DC_Botanic24DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden
2010_DC_Botanic50DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden
Including a potato display.
2011_DC_Botanic40DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden
2012_DC_Botanic105DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden
2013_DC_Botanic36DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden
2014_DC_Botanic8DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden
2015_DC_Botanic4DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden
2016_DC_Botanic37DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden
2017_DC_Botanic34DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden
2018_DC_Botanic11DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden
2019_DC_Botanic75DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden
2004_DC_Botanic_Bartholdi4DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Bartholdi Park
2005_DC_Botanic_Bartholdi3DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Bartholdi Park
2008_DC_Botanic_Bartholdi22DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Bartholdi Park
The last picture shows the gap where there's normally the massive statue in the middle of the fountain area. I presume it was removed for maintenance or maybe it's always yanked in winter.
2015_DC_Botanic_Bartholdi14DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Bartholdi Park
2017_DC_Botanic_Bartholdi2DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Bartholdi Park
2019_DC_Botanic_Bartholdi33DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Bartholdi Park
2019_DC_Botanic_BartholdiG8DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Bartholdi Park -- Gardens Across America
2008_DC_Botanic_Orchids91DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Alphabetical Garden of Orchids
"An Alphabet Garden of Orchids" Orchid Exhibit Opens February 2, 2008 at U.S. Botanic Garden

Note: Due to large numbers of visitors, use of tripods will not be permitted on Saturdays, Sundays, and Presidents' Day (Feb. 18) during the period of the orchid exhibit (February 2- April 13)

December 3,...
2019_DC_Botanic_New_Gardens96DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Celebrating New American Gardens
Celebrating New American Gardens exhibit
January 31 - October 15, 2019
Public gardens across America are engaging, inviting, and dynamic. Gardens are living creations, as they display seasonal changes along with a constant ebb and flow. This exhibit celebrates American gardens created or renovated...
2004_DC_Botanic_Xmas12DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Christmas (2004)
A Landscape Architect Who Has Found His Station in Life
Star of New York Train Display Arrives in Washington

By Adrian Higgins
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 16, 2004; Page H01

Paul Busse flips a switch in the conservatory of the U.S. Botanic Garden and his creation comes to...
2005_DC_Botanic_Xmas47DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Christmas (2005)
2006_DC_Botanic_Xmas8DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Christmas (2006)
2008_DC_Botanic_Xmas150DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Christmas (2008)
2009_DC_Botanic_Xmas107DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Christmas (2009)
2010_DC_Botanic_Xmas184DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Christmas (2010) -- World Heritage Sites (?)
2011_DC_Botanic_Xmas76DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Christmas (2011) -- Presidential Homes
2012_DC_Botanic_Xmas122DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Christmas (2012)
2013_DC_Botanic_Xmas114DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Christmas (2013) -- World's Fairs
2014_DC_Botanic_Xmas180DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Christmas (2014) -- Lighthouses
Exploration and Celebrating the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842
Season’s Greenings
November 27, 2014 through January 4, 2015
Holiday cheer abounds at the U.S. Botanic Garden! Despite the cold winter outside, the Conservatory boasts a tropical paradise, one of the largest indoor decorated...
2015_DC_Botanic_XMas240DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Christmas (2015) -- "Pollination Station"
" Season’s Greenings: Pollination Station". Including some Christmas card family shots.
2016_DC_Botanic_Xmas376DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Christmas (2016) -- "National Parks and Historic Places"
Season's Greenings: National Parks and Historic Places
November 24 - January 2, 2017
Immerse yourself in the sights, smells, and sounds of the season in our annual holiday show Season’s Greenings. See thousands of blooms from exotic orchids to a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia...
2017_DC_Botanic_Xmas302DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Christmas (2017) -- "Roadside Attractions"
Season's Greenings: Roadside Attractions

November 23, 2017 - January 1, 2018
This year, take a trip across America as our annual holiday show Season's Greenings showcases Roadside Attractions! In our model train show, trains will chug around, below, through, and above plant-based recreations of...
2018_DC_Botanic_XMas387DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Christmas (2018) -- "All Aboard!"
Season's Greenings: All Aboard!
November 22, 2018 - January 1, 2019
This year, explore America by train as our annual holiday show Season's Greenings showcases historic railroad stations across the country. In our model train show, trains chug around, below, through, and above plant-based recreations...
2019_DC_Botanic_XMas121DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Christmas (2019)
Season's Greenings: America's Gardens!
November 28, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Join us to explore botanic gardens from Hawaii to Maine in this year's Season's Greenings holiday show! Plant based recreations of conservatories, fountains, and sculptures will fill the model train room. These will include...
2015_DC_Botanic_Exposed45DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots
Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots
February 21 through October 13, 2015

Hidden Treasures:
Plant roots are vital components of the earth's ecosystem. They are necessary for all plant growth, including the production of food and nutrients for humans and many other organisms. However, as root systems...
2011_DC_Botanic_FloraP13DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Flora Photographica
2018_DC_Botanic_Orchids39DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Orchid Spectrum
Orchid Spectrum
February 23 - April 8, 2018
From February 23 through April 8, immerse yourself in the U.S. Botanic Garden's annual orchid show, presented in collaboration with Smithsonian Gardens. Found on every continent except Antarctica, orchids showcase a wide spectrum of diversity in color,...
2010_DC_Botanic_Potato59DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Spuds Unearthed
“Spuds Unearthed!” Exhibit Digs Up History of the Potato
Posted by Jennifer Martin, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, on October 4, 2010 at 9:27 AM
Jean Ristaino of North Carolina State University used USDA funds to sequence late blight disease, pictured, responsible for the Irish potato...
2003_DC_Botanic_Stink5DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Stink Plant
This blooming flower had a lot of press coverage during the days leading up to its opening. It blooms once every 10 years or so and apparently the stench is akin to rotting elephant flesh. It never opened completely but people who came the first day got to smell it. I came on its last day and, despite...
2005_DC_Botanic_Stink10DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Stink Plant
I had no idea but it was the return of the Titan Arum weekend. There was another infamous stink plant. Native to Sumatra, Indonesia, they had had another one that bloomed in July 2003. I had gone then, along with 10,000 others, and couldn't smell it at all. This time, I could smell it but didn't find it...
2008_DC_Botanic_Quilts14DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Stitch In Vine (Quilts)
A Stitch in Vine: Botanical Quilts

February 15, 2008 - Washington, DC -- The United States Botanic Garden explores new territory in the cultural meaning of plants with its first-ever textile exhibit! A Stitch in Vine presents botanically themed contemporary quilts handmade by artists of the...
2018_DC_Botanic_Murals14DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Exhibit: Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals
Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals
January 31 - October 15, 2018
Stop and take a look at the murals covering our city walls and you'll notice plants are often featured. Plants in murals communicate the aesthetic, ecological, and historic importance of plants in the urban environment. This exhibit features...
2010_DC_Botanic_BHS_10121956DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Performance: Christmas (2010) -- Barrington High School Madrigal Singers
2011_DC_Botanic_CAC_11121314DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Performance: Christmas (2011) -- Capital Accord Chorus (choral performance)
2015_DC_Botanic_CAC_15121515DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Performance: Christmas (2015) -- Capital Accord Chorus (choral performance)
2016_DC_Botanic_40Thieves10DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Performance: Christmas (2016) -- 40 Thieves
Concert: Season's Greenings
40 Thieves, Irish rock
Evenings in the Conservatory are magical! Join us for live seasonal music in the Garden Court. Please note: Limited seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.
2017_DC_Botanic_CAC_17122813DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Performance: Christmas (2017) -- Capital Accord Chorus (choral performance)
December 2017 holiday concert series:
Dec. 28: Capital Accord Chorus (choral)
2018_DC_Botanic_CAC_18122726DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- Performance: Christmas (2018) -- Capital Accord Chorus (choral performance)
Capital Accord Chorus (choral)
Capital Accord Chorus is a women's chorus performing four-part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style. Their fun and engaging repertoire ranges from jazz to pop, through standards and show tunes -- they sing it all
2004_DC_Botanic_Garden1DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- The National Garden
2008_DC_Botanic_Garden16DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- The National Garden
2009_DC_Botanic_Garden25DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- The National Garden
2011_DC_Botanic_Garden6DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- The National Garden
2019_DC_Botanic_Garden17DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden -- The National Garden
2017_DC_Botanic_Production214DC -- U.S. Botanic Garden Production Facility Tour
USBG Production Facility
Tour: Horticultural Backstage Pass: The USBG Production Facility Collection Highlights
Go behind-the-scenes on this guided horticultural highlights tour of the U.S. Botanic Garden Production Facility. Featuring almost two acres of greenhouses, this facility is the largest...


What's hot: The following pages have been the most popular ones over the last month or so:
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2020_03_22B1_Cherry102DC -- Cherry Blossoms around the Tidal Basin (2020)
The cherry blossoms peaked but it was Covid-19 time. I had not intended to see the cherry blossoms this time because of Covid-19 but the weather was great. I decided to avoid the crowds and see them at West Potomac Park (Hains Point) instead of the main Tidal Basin but WPP was closed and, as I was f... (Partially reviewed)
2020_03_01D1_Cumar292AFI -- Capital Irish Film Festival (2020) -- "Cumar: A Galway Rhapsody" (w/Aodh Ó Coileáin) plus closing reception with fiddlers Susan Collins and Michael Wynch
Cumar: A Galway Rhapsody Special Features: Q&A with director Aodh Ó Coileáin, plus post-screening reception sponsored by the Embassy of Ireland and live music by fiddlers Susan Collins and Michael Wynch. The diverse glories of the city of Galway, celebrated in song, performance and image, make this ... (Partially reviewed)
2020_02_27D1_Bump219AFI -- Capital Irish Film Festival (2020) -- "A Bump Along the Way" opening night event w/reception
BUMP ALONG THE WAY, A Fun-loving, single mom Pamela (Bronagh Gallagher, THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD) knows how to have a good time — and she's not about to let a little thing like middle age stop her. Her teenage daughter Allegra (Lola Petticrew, winner of the New Talent Award at the 2... (Partially reviewed)
2020_03_14A1_Purple_Line14MD -- Purple Line
2020_02_23D_ObamaP142Politics & Prose -- Taina Caragol, Dorothy Moss, Richard J. Powell and Kim Sajet ("The Obama Portraits")
Taina Caragol, Dorothy Moss, Richard J. Powell and Kim Sajet - The Obama Portraits The first commissioned presidential portraits by African American artists, the paintings of Barack and Michelle Obama, by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively, reside in the National Portrait Gallery, where the... (Partially reviewed)


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