I always thought of the US Botanic Gardens as a “hands-off” activity. Those beautiful flowers, so fragile-looking, are no match for an inquisitive one-year-old and a 4-year-old who doesn’t know his own strength. So, when we visited recently for their SPROUTS program and to check out the “Orchid Mystique” exhibit, we decided to pop into their Children’s Garden!
As you enter, there is a “Welcome” sign:
Whew! So it’s okay to touch the flowers, dig in the dirt, AND play in the water? A children’s paradise!!
Check out the water barrels…
Water toys…I mean, Garden Tools (LOL) and cabin!
and bamboo forest.
So now I can report that the “Children’s Garden” has been added to the “101 Reasons We Love the US Botanic Gardens” list! Not to mention, because of its location, you can also walk a block up the street to visit the ImagiNATIONS Activity Center in the National Museum of the American Indian AND the National Air and Space Museum! Make a day of it!
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United States Botanic Garden
100 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20001
Admission to all public areas of the U.S. Botanic Garden is FREE.