Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Botanical Garden

Last Saturday marked my (embarrasingly enough) FIRST trip EVER to the United States Botanical Garden. I have definitely been missing out. The purpose of the trip was to check out “An Alphabet Garden of Orchids” which only runs until APRIL 13 (you have 11 days left). Venturing to the National Mall on the weekend is, as a rule, never a sound move in spring but I was willing to take the risk. Yes, it was mobbed and people were very agitated trying get the perfect orchid picture but if you found a tucked away bench, it could be quite peaceful for moments at a time. The orchids were amazing (duh). But even if you miss this exhibit, the rest of the conservatory is more than worth checking out. There’s a jungle area (with a canopy you can walk on to get a bird’s eye view), desert area, and my personal favs- the medicinal plants and rare and endangered species. The Conservatory is open 10 AM - 5 PM everyday and it’s FREE. Plus you’ll be right by the American Indian Museum which has the best food on the Mall. The Conservatory main entrance is located at 100 Maryland Avenue, SW.