Monday, November 24, 2014

'Season's Greetings' at the U.S. Botanic Garden

Every winter the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) puts on a beautiful holiday showing in the conservatory. Entitled Season's Greetings, visitors can see beautiful plant and flower displays throughout the exhibits. 

Season's Greetings at USBG

As a part of the spectacular displays are representations of the National Mall and other significant landmark buildings in Washington D.C. Additionally, the annual train display returns every year, attracting many visitors - a very popular exhibit!
Season's Greetings, at USBG

Holiday exhibit at the US Botanic Garden

My favorites exhibits contain the plants placed inside of ornaments. Very creative!

Holiday exhibit at the US Botanic Garden

"Season's Greetings" commences on Thanksgiving Day. The Conservatory is open 365 days a year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is free of admission. According to USBG's website, there are some extended hours on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in December when the facility will stay open until 8 p.m. Check the website for more details. (I wrote this post in 2014, but just checked the updated information for 2015 and the website contains current details).

If you want to skip the trains and just go directly into the conservatory, there are two entrances. Since lines can be quite long during the holiday break, if not interested in the trains, know you can bypass the long line. I remember standing on line for a while the last time I attended. I haven't been in the last few years, but keep hoping to make it back downtown during this year's season. 

The conservatory is located at 100 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington DC 20001.   

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