Capital Orchids at the US Capitol

Phalaenopsis tetraspis, Moth Orchid species flowers, Phal, white purple and yellow flowers, United States Botanic Garden, orchid glasshouse, United States Capitol, Washington DCPaphiopedilum victoria-regina, Lady Slipper orchid flowers, orchid species flowers, Paph, United States Botanic Garden, orchid glasshouse, United States Capitol, Washington DCVanda Pure's Wax 'Carmela', orchid hybrid flowers, large purple flowers, United States Botanic Garden, orchid glasshouse, United States Capitol, Washington DC

Did you know that you can find remarkable orchids only a few steps from the US Capitol? The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) sits on the National Mall, just across from Congress. It’s the oldest botanic garden in the country, and has great outdoor and indoor plant collections, including orchids. Dave and I recently visited, and the amazing displays left us in awe.

Dendrobium capituliflorum, orchid species flowers, cluster of small green and white flowers, United States Botanic Garden, orchid glasshouse, United States Capitol, Washington DCBulbophyllum echinolabium, orchid species flower, close up of flower lip, weird flower, United States Botanic Garden, orchid glasshouse, United States Capitol, Washington DCPhragmipedium Inca Embers, orchid hybrid flower, Phrag, Lady Slipper orchid, red and yellow flower, United States Botanic Garden, orchid glasshouse, United States Capitol, Washington DC

Dendrobium Mousmee, orchid hybrid flowers, United States Botanic Garden, orchid glasshouse, United States Capitol, Washington DCDendrobium unicum, orchid species flower, orange purple and white flower, United States Botanic Garden, orchid glasshouse, United States Capitol, Washington DCBrassia glumacea, orchid species flowers, Spider Orchid, United States Botanic Garden, orchid glasshouse, United States Capitol, Washington DC

The USBG’s Orchid House is packed with an impressive variety of stunning specimens, rare species, and wonderful fragrances. The orchids are all artfully displayed, many mounted as air plants at every level of the garden. It’s a very dense jungle, and very photogenic, too.

Epidendrum ilense, orchid species flowers, white flowers with fringed lips, United States Botanic Garden, orchid glasshouse, United States Capitol, Washington DCBulbophyllum macranthum, orchid species flower, United States Botanic Garden, orchid glasshouse, United States Capitol, Washington DCVanilla planifolia orchid, vanilla vines growing up 3-story brick wall, United States Botanic Garden, Garden Court, United States Capitol, Washington DC

There are also orchids in the Tropics glasshouse and the Garden Court. They include a 3-story tall vanilla vine growing attached to the brick wall by the gift shop entrance, shown in the last photo. With all the botanical wonders in every direction, we almost didn’t notice it. These dozen photos are only a quick glance of our visit. I’ll post more from the USBG soon. If you’re in Washington DC, be sure to visit this wondrous garden.

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