According to its website, “the United States Botanic Garden is a living plant museum that informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value, of plants to the well-being of humans and to earth’s fragile ecosystems.”

This simple concept is drenched in reasons to visit one of the country’s oldest landmarks, and one of few totally unique destinations on the National Mall.

To begin, as opposed to the rest of the surrounding museums and their artifacts, the Botanic Garden harnesses and exhibits life. Drawing plants and creating climates from all over the world, the Botanic Garden is well beyond a stroll through the woods behind your house, it’s an international tour of our planet’s natural decor.

The sensory beauty ringing throughout the garden inevitably leads visitors better understanding the importance of plants, which was the vision George Washington had for the Botanic Garden over two centuries back. In an age where the politics of climate change and sustainability are quite prevalent, the garden condenses a picture of the earth into one walkable space. A simple conclusion to take from an experience walking through the U.S. Botanic Garden is, the world is beautiful and it’s worth taking care of.

Political concepts and visceral beauty combine to offer visitors of Washington, DC a simple and lovely place to visit. It’s vibrant. Entry is free. They offer Junior Botanist backpacks filled with adventure sheets for children, as well as an interactive and fun children’s garden. For adults, there are placards and pamphlets throughout the garden their own education and enjoyment.  

With so much to enjoy and take from the United States Botanic Garden, it’s safe to say that this destination will continue to serve its purpose without fail for centuries to come. A great place for the family, it’s worth stopping in and having a walk around. For a little taste of the wonder, check out the rest of these images from this wild landmark.