The Conservatory is a large Lord & Burnham greenhouse divided into different rooms each demonstrating various types of habitats. After renovations back in 2001, the Garden now includes the public display gardens at Frederic Auguste Bartholdi Park, the Conservatory and the Administrative Building; the plant production and support area house the greenhouse bays and maintenance. 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!
Presently, the U.S. Botanic Garden is home to almost 10,000 living specimens, some of them over 165 years old. Bartholdi Park is located across the street from the Conservatory. This beautifully landscaped flower garden has as its centerpiece, a classical style fountain that was created by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the French sculptor who also designed the Statue of Liberty.
The separate rooms in the Conservatory include the:
The Garden was closed for renovations on September 1, 1997, and reopened to the public on December 11, 2001. At the time of closure for renovation, plants in the collection were placed in storage at the USBG Production Facility, retired to greenhouses in Florida, or composted.
The Conservatory is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bartholdi Park is accessible from dawn until dusk
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