Near Ovation at Park Crest is a place that’s steeped in history and rich with tradition. It’s known as the United States Botanic Garden and this living plant museum demonstrates and promotes how important plants are to the world around us. The garden’s website states that more than two hundred years ago, George Washington had a dream for the country’s capital that included a botanic garden.
It was finally established in 1820, twenty-one years after his passing, and it is one of the oldest such gardens in North America. There is much to see including:
The National Garden – Known as an oasis on Capital Hill, the National Garden spans three acres and takes inspiration from the environments found in the Mid-Atlantic region. It opened in 2006 and highlights include the Rose Garden, Butterfly Garden, and the First Ladies Water Garden that honors the work of the presidents’ wives.
The Conservatory – Constructed in 1933, the Conservatory is a state-of-the-art greenhouse. While it has undergone renovations over the years, the facade remains unchanged. Inside is a variety of permanent exhibits including “Garden Primeval.” It is a reconstructed Jurassic landscape that features plant groups that have survived for 150 million years.
Bartholdi Park – For eighty-five years, Bartholdi Park has served as a demonstration garden that focuses on different garden styles. It also contains colorful plants, deciduous trees, and a fifteen ton cast iron fountain that serves as the centerpiece.
If you would like to call Ovation at Park Crest home, please contact us to schedule a tour.
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