Sunday, May 17, 2009

National Botanical Garden in Spring


When we were in Washington a couple weeks ago, we made a quick trip into the United States Botanic Garden, which is literally in the shadow of the Capital Building. We were searching for places to get in from out of the rain. No better place to spend some time while waiting for the downpour to stop.



There was a small orchid corner room, with beautiful orchids.


Some great foliage to ponder.


A children's garden. Closed. It's probably at its best with no children. The plants looked relieved anyway.


A walkway along the ceiling affords great views of the "forest" floor.


Outdoors was all a bloom. It rained all day. We did up the Native American Museum (wonderfully-designed museum with a native-foods cafeteria!), the Bureau of Printing and Engraving (saw dollars being printed!) and the National Archives (saw the Declaration of Independence, Constitution & Bill of Rights!). It never stopped raining that day. We were soaked.

5 comments:

  1. Jim

    What a wonderful place to spend some time! Sorry that you had so much rain.

    I still haven't made it to the National Botanical Garden and we're "only" 5 hours from DC.

    Cameron

    PS - I've started my "gardens of Paris" series. It will take me a week (or more) to post the different gardens and photos. If I post too many photos it will really slow down the blog loading.

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  2. Color, color, color! It woke me up faster than coffee. I didn't even know about this garden existence, thanks for educating me!

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  3. Cameron,
    I'm off to read your "gardens of Paris" now. I was away for the weekend and am looking forward to see what you saw!

    Tatyana,
    It does look magazine-ready, doesn't it? I really didn't know about it until right before we traveled to Washington. I've been to larger and more impressive botanical gardens, but this was quite nice. There was much of it outside I didn't photograph because of the rain.

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  4. Love the photos of the children's garden. I'm a sucker for bright, tropical colors. And laughed at your comment it's better looking without any children in it. I've often thought I could design magazine perfect gardens if only people didn't insist on having children, pets or garages ;-)

    FYI, am having an identity crisis and phasing out garden chick for comments in favor of my real name.

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