Visiting the Botanical Garden at Washington DC

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I recently visited this lovely garden, and would like to share my experience with you.

Visiting the Botanical Garden at Washington DC

There are so many places to see when you got to Washington DC, and when I went there this year, I had already seen the obvious ones like THE WHITE HOUSE, and all the museums.

My granddaughter is staying there at the moment, as studying politics is a part of her university course. It was lovely to meet up, but on a day where the temperature was close to 100 degrees, none of us felt we could cope with walkig far with the sun beating mercilessly down on us.

We were near to the Botanical Gardens

When I heard we were near to the BOTANICAL GARDENS, which were famed for the beautiful conservatory, I did have my doubts, as in the summer, if a conservatory faces south, sometimes it is to hot to use.

But my doubts were soon dispelled, as the inviting coolness when we entered was wonderful. There are little paths around, with beautiful flowers and plants of all shapes and sizes, to attract the eye. The water fountains and winding little streams complement the coolness, and there are seats to sit on and enjoy the view.

Fish of all sizes dart through the very clear water, hiding under the stones, and there is another part with a little wooden bridge spanning it, away from the fish, where tourists can throw coins into the water.

Our American cousins have not forgotten the Brits

There is even a beautiful ORCHID named the PRINCESS DIANA, named after the late PRINCESS OF WALES, which has its own unique beauty. I am sure it must be of great interest to the tourists, as there was always a cluster of people round it , and plenty of photographs taken.

Then there were the Herbs.

After we had finished exploring the gardens and conservatory, in the vestibule there were bottles and bottles of wild flowers and herbs which had been used to produce the most wonderful aromas. We took advantage of the invitation to sample the smell of them all, and some were amazing, and others were maybe too pungent, according to whatever your taste is. My favourite was cinnamon, I love that smell, and do use it in cooking, in an apple crumble, not only to add flavour, but also to help the crumble mix to remain light and crunchy.

To anyone visting Washington DC, I can thoroughly recommend THE BOTANICAL GARDENS.
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Aromas, Beautful Plants, Botanic Garden, Bottles Sample, Conservatory, Exotic, Fish, Fountains, Herbs, Museums, Orchid, Princess Diana, Princess Of Wales, Streams

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I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Jun 2011 (#)

Carol, i lived in Washington many years ago, and your article brought back fond memories. Thanks for a great share.

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author avatar Asghar Khan
30th Jun 2011 (#)

Carol, that is one fantastic article with so many information and especially, the pictures made it more exquisite. Thanks for the share !

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author avatar Prasul Surendran
30th Jun 2011 (#)

thats quite an interesting tour :)

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author avatar vpaulose
30th Jun 2011 (#)

A beautiful article. Thank you my sister Carol Please tell me how you are now.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
30th Jun 2011 (#)

Just beautiful, thank you!

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author avatar Denise O
30th Jun 2011 (#)

Carol, I have yet to visit the place and I doubt I will. I just love flowers hon but, they do not love me. We have a wonderful garden here, called Callaway gardens, I took my brownie troop there one year and by the time I got to the end of the day, my left eye was closed shut. Every visit there after was done by some volunteers. I hate that I can't go enjoy these places. Well, all I have to do is come and look at the beautiful pictures you have taken. I also want you to know, as a American, I never forget about y'all and I have always felt a closeness to my British cousins. What a lovely trip, thank you for taking us. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Denise O
30th Jun 2011 (#)

I hope you are on the mend now.:)

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
30th Jun 2011 (#)

Carol I enjoyed my virtual trip through the Washington DC Botanical gardens with you

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author avatar Songbird B
30th Jun 2011 (#)

Oh Carol, it is so good to have you back with us, hope all sign of your nasty bug is gone now. This is just a wonderful article, and loved the descriptive quality of it. Great images too. A well deserved Star status my friend..\0/

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author avatar Denise O
30th Jun 2011 (#)

Well I see your page has now gained a star, good for you hon. I love your work ethic! Congrats on the star my friend.:)

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author avatar Carol
30th Jun 2011 (#)

Oh my lovely friends,Mark, Denise, Songbird and vpaulose, I am feeeling a bit better, just a cough to deal with now, keeping we awake at night. I am inhaling vapour and eating small meals.
Steve, Asquar, Prasul and Delciia, thanks so much for yourt comments too. Glad you all enjoyed it, and mark thanks so much for the star. What a welcome back! xxx
Denise I am so sorry you have an allergy to flowers.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
1st Jul 2011 (#)

I wrote a photojournal article back in the 70s on the Gardens for an airline magazine; the slides I shot are still among my all-time favorites! A nice memory!

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author avatar Carol
1st Jul 2011 (#)

Thanks James for sharing that with us,

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author avatar Retired
3rd Jul 2011 (#)

Wonderful work. Thanks!

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author avatar Ptrikha
9th Jan 2014 (#)

Great article. And seems like a great place to visit.

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author avatar Ptrikha
9th Jan 2014 (#)

Great article. And seems like a great place to visit.

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author avatar Carol
9th Jan 2014 (#)

It was Ptrikha, thanks for reading!

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