United States Botanic Garden

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Washington, DC , USA
Street 100 Maryland Ave SW
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metro Federal Center SW
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Lonely Planet review

Resembling London’s Crystal Palace, this iron-and-glass greenhouse provides a beautiful setting for displays of exotic and local plants. Make sure to check out the Titan Arum, also known as Amorphophallus titanum (‘giant misshapen penis’). If you’re lucky, the plant’s ‘corpse flower’ will be on display. This Sumatran native only blooms every three to five years, but when it does, it smells like rotten meat. Mmm! Behind the conservatory, across Independence Ave, you’ll find the grand Bartholdi Fountain .