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Education is core to the mission of the U.S. Botanic Garden and we welcome media inquiries that help demonstrate the aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic and ecological importance of plants.

For questions, to schedule an interview with staff, request photos for editorial use, or connect about a possible news/educational filming about the U.S. Botanic Garden, please contact Devin Dotson, below. The Garden is not available for photoshoots or video recordings of topics not related to the Garden.

Devin Dotson, Public Affairs Specialist
United States Botanic Garden
Phone: 202-226-4145

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In 1820, the U.S. Congress granted land for a national botanic garden, and it is the oldest continuously operating botanic garden in the country. It is part of the Legislative Branch of government, and has been administered through the Architect of the Capitol since 1934.

The U.S. Botanic Garden is a living plant museum and accredited by the American Association of Museums and Botanical Garden Conservation International. There are three public components of the U.S. Botanic Garden:

  • The Conservatory houses the following displays and exhibits: Garden Court, The Tropics, Plant Adaptations, Primeval Garden, Hawaii, World Deserts, Medicinal Plants, Orchids, Mediterranean, Rare and Endangered Species, Southern Exposure (seasonally), Children's Garden (seasonally), and temporary exhibits in the East and West Galleries.
  • The gated outdoor gardens (formerly "National Garden") features a Regional Garden of Mid-Atlantic native plants, a Rose Garden devoted to the national flower, a Pollinator Garden, a First Ladies Water Garden, and an Amphitheater.
  • Bartholdi Fountain and Gardens houses historic Bartholdi Fountain with gardens is a showcase of beautiful, sustainable, and accessible landscape design. It was renovated in 2016 using the principles of the Sustainable SITES Initiative. The accessible garden design features native plants, water-conserving rain gardens, wildlife habitat, greater accessibility, and Frederic Auguste Bartholdi's historic Fountain of Light and Water.

The U.S. Botanic Garden maintains more than 12,000 accessions, comprising about 65,000 plants for exhibition, study, conservation and exchange with other institutions. Noteworthy collections include economic plants, medicinal plants, orchids, carnivorous plants, cacti and succulents, Mid-Atlantic native plants and ferns. Several specimen date from the U.S. Exploring Expedition (1838-1842).

The U.S. Botanic Garden also serves as a rescue center for plants confiscated at U.S. borders in cooperation with CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.