Tour the U.S. Botanic Garden
Date(s) - 12/17/2014
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
U.S. Botanic Garden
Wednesday, December 17
The United States Botanic Garden is rooted in the nation’s heritage. During the late 18th century, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison shared the dream of a national botanic garden and were instrumental in establishing one on the National Mall in 1820.
The institution actually traces its beginning to 1816, when the constitution of the Columbian Institute for the Promotion of Arts and Sciences in Washington, D.C., proposed the creation of a botanic garden to collect, grow and distribute plants of this and other countries that might contribute to the welfare of the American people. The Institute’s garden was established by Congress in 1820 to the west of the Capitol Grounds, from First Street to Third Street between Pennsylvania and Maryland Avenues. This facility functioned until shortly after the organization stopped holding meetings in 1837….
View their marvelous holiday display. Depart Alexandria at 10 a.m., the gardens at noon (possibility of lunch at Indigo Landing on the way home).
RSVP by December 15.