The United States Botanic Garden is located in Washington DC very near the US Capitol Building at the foot of Capitol Hill. As far as botanic gardens go, it is not very large. A significant part of the garden is the conservatory, which has an impressive collection of plants from around the world. Though rather small, the garden itself is quite lovely. It has a nice pond, a beautiful fountain & impressive views of the surrounding buildings, particularly the National Museum of the American Indian just across the street. First proposed in 1816, a national botanic garden was established on the National Mall in 1820. That garden languished, but reopened in a new location in 1850. The National Botanic Garden moved to its present location in 1933. A series of conservatories have been prominent for more than 150 years. The current conservatory was constructed in 1933. The National Garden, which covers 3 acres outside the conservatory, was opened in 2006. It includes a regional garden of plants native to the Mid-Atlantic. Bartholdi Park is also part of the National Botanic Garden. It was created in 1932 & renamed in 1985 after Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, sculptor of the fountain at its center. Bartholdi Park was closed for renovation when I was there in 2016, but that was completed in 2017.
This blog began in 2008 as metropolitan gardens to provide information on gardening in Seattle & places like it. Click on Gardening in Cascadia. The blog expanded to include Parks P-Patches Public Gardens in the US, Canada & Europe. Then Nature was added. (The only difference between garden & nature is intent.) Many recent posts are not about Seattle, or Cascadia. Some are Urban Landscape, mostly streetscape. Posts appear on 1st Friday & sometimes also on 3rd Friday.
The city of Seattle rests between 2 bodies of water: Puget Sound & Lake Washington. Puget Sound is a substantial part of the Salish Sea & a very small part of the Pacific Ocean. The Salish Sea is set apart from the Pacific by the Olympic Peninsula in the state of Washington & Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia. The dense, wet clouds of the Pacific Ocean travel as far as the Cascade Mountains, near the Salish Sea & not very far from the ocean. East of the Cascades lies the desert of the Columbia Basin. The moist, temperate climate of Seattle extends south to northern California & north to southeastern Alaska. The Pacific Northwest Coast from San Francisco Bay to Cook Inlet shares a flora dominated by evergreen coniferous forest. The central portion, west of the Cascade Mountains, is called Cascadia. The climate is cool & wet from fall to spring, warm & dry in summer. The Olympic Mountains block Seattle from much of the Pacific rainfall. Seattle is drier than the Atlantic coast of North America & northern Europe, cooler in summer & warmer in winter. It lies near the latitude of Paris & Quebec City.