Because Washington, DC is almost in our backyard and because it’s that festive time of year, we took ourselves on a fun holiday outing to the United States Botanic Garden. But, wait! What happened to the month of November? How did we get to December so quickly? Is it just me?
That’s My Story
After spending the month of October in Portugal where we successfully secured our two-year temporary residency permits and enjoyed several let’s explore Portugal day trips, we flew back to the US on November 2. A Friday. You might say we hit the ground running.
No time for jet lag our lives were back up to speed by early Monday morning when I resumed my part time babysitting duties of our precious grandson, which of course is no duty at all and is, in fact, pure joy. Abi got busy getting our house and yard back in to shape. Have you ever wondered how dust collects in your house when you’re not even home?
The first snowfall came early this year. On November 15 we woke up to a winter wonderland. Peaceful snowfalls are magical, don’t you think? In a blink of an eye Thanksgiving was upon us. I know it’s a cliche but the days of November just flew by and before we knew it, December was upon us. This is also why I’ve been remiss in publishing new posts, the days of November just got away from me. Anyway, that’s my
excuse story and I’m sticking to it.
I’d Have To Get Dressed Syndrome
Do you suffer from what I like to call… I want to go but I’d have to get up and get dressed syndrome? You know what I mean, right? There’s something you’d really like to do, or someplace you’d like to go, but getting up the energy to do so seems to outweigh the desire? Especially on days when the temps are in the 30’s. Why is that?
US Botanic Garden
So, with December upon us we are determined to embrace all that Washington, DC has to offer for the holidays. Or, at least give it our best try. We layered on the warm winter clothing and headed out on a clear and gorgeous, albeit crispy cold, day.
The US Botanic Garden, a living plant museum, goes all out for the holiday season. The displays are stunning and a stroll through the special exhibits and the gardens will surely please the senses. No bah humbugs allowed! Just ask the children who watch in wonder as the model trains chug along the tracks of the plant-based train stations and settings.
It can be said that the adults were just as mesmerized as the children. We’re looking forward to next year when our grandson will be old enough to share in the fun.
Detail & Artistry
Showcased in the main court of the Botanic Garden, which is beautifully adorned with Christmas trees and poinsettias, visitors can find 12 of Washington DC’s landmarks, all made from plant-based materials.
The detail and artistry of each piece is wonderful. I keep thinking of the time put in to creating these little masterpieces, along with the steady hands and never-ending patience.
At any time of year, the US Botanic Garden is well-worth a visit because there is always something in bloom, something to admire. I think the orchids are one of my favorite gardens to wander through. The flowers are so delicate and as soon as you walk into the hothouse you can breathe in the lovely fragrance of the orchids.
Other garden displays include desert plants, a rose garden, the First Ladies Water Garden and the butterfly garden to name just a few. But it’s the annual holiday display that keeps us returning every year.
If You Go
- Admission to the Botanic Garden is free
- The garden is open daily 10:00 – 5:00
- Located at 100 Maryland Avenue SW (near the capitol)
- Metro Station: Federal Center SW
- There are no dining facilities
- There is no gift shop
I love orchids, this one is a beauty. I can’t believe such stunning gardens can be enjoyed for free? That is wonderful. Your house looks lovely all dusted in snow…but yes it is cold out there. I struggle to find energy to go out in the winter, sometimes I wish I could just go into hibernation and wake up in the Spring. Merry Christmas:)
Yes, that’s one of the big perks about visiting Washington, DC. All of the Smithsonian Museums have free admission. It’s really fantastic not only for tourists to the city, but also to locals because they can go to see the various exhibits that change periodically. The gardens are very special.
Oh the gardens are magical. Patti. If I lived nearby the US Botanic Garden like you do, I too would make the HUGE effort to battle the “I’d have to get dressed” syndrome and make the annual trek!
Completely agree, Anita! The gardens never disappoint.
It was so interesting to read your post Patti. What a climate change you experienced after you trip to Portugal. I enjoyed seeing the photo of the snow outside your home. We are of the belief that you get out and do things, regardless of the weather… well, generally! So, I appreciate that you both went to visit the Botanic Gardens in December And what a show you enjoyed! I particularly enjoyed the photos of the main court – so beautifully adorned. And that orchid was simply stunning.
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Ha! Ha! I hadn’t thought about that Estelle, but yes, we’ve definitely experienced a big change in climate. Porto gets chilly/cold in December, but nothing like here on the east coast of the US. This morning it was 22 degrees outside. Brrrr!
The mini White House, Supreme Court and Smithsonian Castle just boggle my mind! I envy and admire people who have such a deft steady hand with intricate art work! Have a great day! 🙂
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Thanks, Mike. The creations are impressive, aren’t they?!
Such gorgeous gardens.. we used to love going to the Botanic Garden in Chicago which was very near to where we lived for years. That orchid is something else! Actually in Sri Lanka we see lots of orchids growing in the wild, but they must be a different variety to this one, ours are much smaller in size and therefore less dramatic.
Totally get what you are saying about getting up getting ready, and hey even in tropical climates I still will often opt for staying in given the choice.
Have a wonderful holiday season,
The orchids are gorgeous, Peta, and there are many small varieties in the hothouse. This one pictured just grabbed my attention. It’s good to know someone else understands the “I’ll opt to stay home” syndrome.
Looks like a wonderful way to spend a day.
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You’d love the desert garden, Gaelyn!
I love artful floral displays, especially at Christmastime. This one looks like it is worth a visit. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photographs.
As someone who definitely does not have a green thumb, I really appreciate the botanic garden. We have zero houseplants, but Abi loves to garden outside and keeps our yard looking great.