The National Garden | United States Botanic Garden

National Garden at the U.S. Botanic Garden

Leave plenty of time to stroll through our newest outdoor garden. A natural complement to the U.S. Botanic Garden, the National Garden highlights the amazing diversity of American plants.

The three-acre National Garden draws inspiration from the environments of the Mid-Atlantic region. Conceived as an outdoor laboratory for gardening in harmony with natural ecosystems, the Garden opened in the fall of 2006.

The major features of the National Garden are:

  • The Regional Garden features Mid-Atlantic native plants that highlight the beauty of the region’s flora.
  • The Rose Garden is an ongoing experiment, showcasing roses that thrive in the Mid-Atlantic when grown using organic methods.
  • The Butterfly Garden demonstrates how gardens provide vital resources for pollinators.
  • The First Ladies Water Garden honors the contribution of our nation’s First Ladies.
  • The Lawn Terrace functions as a welcoming area for outdoor tours, festivals and summer classes.
  • The Amphitheater is an outdoor gathering place for educational programs. It also provides a spectacular view of the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory and the U.S. Capitol dome.

The National Garden is designed to satisfy the gardener and the garden lover. As with any garden, over time it will evolve as plants mature, compete for space and succumb or thrive in changing conditions. From this urban oasis, experience the beauty and power of nature, while enjoying the inspiring vistas of Capitol Hill.


The native plants in the Regional Garden give birds food and shelter, as naturally occurring urban habitat recedes. These birds are an important part of the garden, and are great indicators of its health and vitality. See the list >>/a>

northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) eating winterberry (Ilex verticillata)

Northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) eating winterberry (Ilex verticillata) in the National Garden

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