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The United States Botanic Garden is stark, but still beautiful in the winter months, but the real treat is inside the conservatory.

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I recently wrote a post about what to do when it’s cold and you get sick of snuggling up at home. The Botanic Garden is not only a great place to spend a cold day, it’s a relaxing spot to spend an hour or two any time of year.

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The conservatory isn’t really that large of a building compared to the other museums on the mall, but because of all the greenery it still feels expansive. It’s easy to feel like you’ve left the outside world behind and thus, a great place to clear your head.

P1010161.jpgP1010163.jpgP1010172.jpgThe Orchid Room reopened in late January and although it’s one of the smallest areas of the Conservatory it’s also one of the most popular. There’s a reason that a bench has not been installed and it’s that I would move in.

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The Dessert section is full of spiky, geometric shapes and interesting tidbits about plant adaptation and survival.

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The Garden Primeval will make you feel like you’re on the set of Jurassic Park (not Jurassic World, which is a good thing).

The smaller exhibits surrounding the central atrium are interesting and informative, but, everyone knows that the main event is The Tropics, the large, central room with a raised canopy walkway.

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The best part of this room is that there is almost too much to look at. Keep an eye out for tiny, delicate flora set against the large scale greenery.

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A trip to the Botanic Garden can be whatever you want it to be: a time to hide away in a corner with a good book (bonus points if it takes place in a tropical location), an educational walk through several different landscapes, or just a chance to pretend you’re in a lusher locale than our fair city.

A hot tip…

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If you hear a hissing sound in The Tropics… cover your phone or camera! If you’re frizz prone, possibly also your hair.

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