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The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Capitol Square, SW

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By Devry Becker Jones, November 22, 2017
1. Capitol Square, SW Marker
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U.S. Botanic Garden
Architecture by Bennett, Parsons & Frost, 1933
Easily recognized by the sparkling glass dome of its Conservatory, the U.S. Botanic Garden, overlooking the National Mall, is located near the U.S. Capitol. Visitors can enjoy year round the verdant atmosphere of indoor and outdoor gardens and see plants from around the world. Walk through jungle, desert, oasis, and Jurassic forest habitats and colorful fragrant exhibits about medicinal, economic, and endangered plants. Outdoor exhibits include theme gardens for the home landscape, a mid-Atlantic native plant garden, a rose garden, and the historic Bartholdi Fountain. A variety of programs and tours are offered throughout the year. There is no charge for admission.

Bartholdi Fountain & Park
Sculpture by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi
The Bartholdi Fountain, designed by Frenchman Frédéric Bartholdi (1834-1904) for the U.S. Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, was purchased by the government in 1876, and relocated to this park in 1932. Bartholdi's most famous American work is the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. The fountain's base features aquatic monsters and fishes while three classical caryatids uphold a wide basin. Originally lighted by gas lamps, the fountain made a lively display
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 22, 2017
2. Capitol Square, SW Marker
of fire and water at night.

The gardens in Bartholdi Park are designed to honor this great fountain as well as to inspire visitors with its home demonstration gardens. Each garden illustrates design principles and displays plant combinations for a variety of themes and styles, each of a size and scale suitable for the urban or suburban home. Changing seasonal display beds feature outstanding annuals and perennials.

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Location. 38° 53.264′ N, 77° 0.727′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on First Street Southwest near Independence Avenue SW, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rain Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Bartholdi Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Bartholdi Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Native Plants (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Bartholdi Fountain (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Power from the Wind

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By Devry Becker Jones, November 22, 2017
3. Capitol Square, SW Marker
(about 300 feet away); United States Botanic Garden (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Capitol Square (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 22, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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