Garden Closed

The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is temporarily closed to the public to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus.

Whenever possible, the USBG will reschedule public programs and events originally scheduled during the closure period. Please monitor the USBG website for updates to operating status. Many resources can still be accessed online, including educational worksheets and manuals, fact sheets and more, and some of our programs will also be made available online. Find online resources at

Sustainability at the U.S. Botanic Garden

Big changes start with small steps - individuals, families, businesses and governments can all make a difference in improving our planet's potential to provide for generations to come.

At the U.S. Botanic Garden, we know that plants are essential to the balance and stability of nature that supports life on earth. They are the ultimate source of the oxygen we breathe and the food we eat, and they provide the raw materials for shelter, clothing, medicines, fuels and countless other products on which humans depend.

Landscapes have enormous potential to do environmental good and counter environmental damage. A sustainable landscape can clean the air and water, increase energy efficiency, restore habitats and ultimately 'give back' natural benefits essential to human and ecological health.

Practicing conservation and sustainability protects our natural resources, improves our quality of life and ensures the health of our communities and the environment.

The U.S. Botanic Garden weaves sustainability into everything it does. Learn more about our sustainability efforts through the short film America's Sustainable Garden: The United States Botanic Garden. Amid the splendor is the overriding, critical message of sustainability.

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