Here in the Garden Court, you can explore the U.S. Botanic Garden’s economic plant collection and stroll through engaging horticultural displays. All around you are examples of beautiful and useful plants.
While you explore this room, see if you can identify plants we use for food, clothing, shelter, and fuel. There are even plants here used in industrial products, cosmetics, paper, and flavorings.
These plants may seem unfamiliar at first glance, but take a closer look. Hiding among the foliage are fruits that provide us with chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Look up, and you will not only see familiar fruits such as bananas and coconuts, but also black pepper, kumquats, loquats, star fruit, and many more examples of edible plants.
As you wander through the Garden Court, keep your eyes open for the interpretive murals on the north wall. These paintings illustrate plants that have transformed cultures around the world.