United States Botanic Garden

Title

United States Botanic Garden

Description

Now encompassing several buildings and several dozen acres, the US Botanic Garden began with an original plot of 5 acres set aside by President James Monroe. The original location of the garden buildings was on 3rd Street in line with Capitol dome, roughly where the Capitol Reflecting Pool is today. The Garden expanded several times, especially in the 1860s, to accommodate the first greenhouses built on the site. In 1933, the Garden was moved to its present site. The Garden holds over 100,000 plant specimens, many of them rare.

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.

Date

1820 (First instance)
1842 (Expedition)
1850 (Open to public)
1930 (Moved)

Physical Description

Gardens and structures encompassing approximately a city block.

Location

38.888°N 77.013°W

Description

Now encompassing several buildings and several dozen acres, the US Botanic Garden began with an original plot of 5 acres set aside by President James Monroe. The original location of the garden buildings was on 3rd Street in line with Capitol dome, roughly where the Capitol Reflecting Pool is today. The Garden expanded several times, especially in the 1860s, to accommodate the first greenhouses built on the site. In 1933, the Garden was moved to its present site. The Garden holds over 100,000 plant specimens, many of them rare.

Date

1820 (First instance)

Coverage

1800-1829

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.