U.S. Botanic Garden to Fully Reopen April 1

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Families learn about orchids at the US Botanic Garden. File Photo: Courtesy of the US Botanic Garden.

The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) will reopen the Conservatory to the public on April 1, marking a full reopening of all areas of the USBG for the first time since the onset of the pandemic.

All interior rooms of the Conservatory will be open starting April 1. The Children’s Garden and Southern Exposure seasonal outdoor courtyards are expected to reopen April 22, weather permitting.

Masks are recommended for indoor spaces and groups are encouraged to maintain social distance from other visitor groups. Visitors who are sick or do not feel well should stay home.

Newly renovated garden spaces throughout the Conservatory will display more of the USBG’s diverse plant collections and offer increased accessibility. Visitors can see a new exhibit on agriculture, “Cultivate: Growing Food in a Changing World,” in the galleries and multiple other garden spaces.

Additionally, a new gift store run by the Friends of the US Botanic Garden and local DC small business Rewild (the latter soon to open an Eastern Market location) will operate in the Conservatory’s West Gallery, offering botanically-themed gifts for purchase. The store will be open on weekends, expanding to more days later in the spring.

Entrance to the USBG is free and timed tickets will not be required. The Conservatory will resume normal hours of 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, the gated outdoor gardens will be open spring-summer hours of 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.. The Bartholdi Fountain and Gardens will continue to be open dawn to dusk.

Visitors are invited to explore the USBG’s collection of plants from across the country and around the world and enjoy thousands of tulips and other spring flowers coming into bloom throughout the outdoor gardens. Plan your visit at www.USBG.gov.