The National Garden Opens
Facts about this three-acre garden, located on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol.
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Starting October 1, visitors to Washington, D.C.'s National Mall will have one more must-see destination: A First Ladies garden, a butterfly garden and a broad array of plants from the Mid-Atlantic region—all on a three-acre site next to the U.S. Botanic Garden.
The National Garden is designed to serve as an outdoor annex and learning laboratory for the Botanic Garden.
"It is beautiful," says Holly Shimizu, executive director of the U.S. Botanic Garden. "Equally important, it vastly expands our opportunities to teach and expose Americans of all ages to plants and to the environment in which they thrive. We can't wait to start teaching in—and learning from—the Garden."
Following the meandering pathways, visitors to the National Garden will discover:
The National Garden is the product of a unique private-public sector partnership. The National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Garden, working with and through the Architect of the Capitol, has raised $11.5 million from private sector donors to fund construction of the Garden. The fundraising efforts were led by the Garden's founding sponsors—HGTV, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Lowes, Deere & Co. and the Heinz Family Foundation.
Gardeners are already hip to the fact that solar power helps plants grow, so why not use sunlight to help the garden glow?