301. Introduction

Welcome to the U.S. Botanic Garden’s Bartholdi Park. 

Since the 1930s, the park has offered a finely cultivated and welcome retreat for Washingtonians and visitors from around the world.

For much of this time, the park highlighted the latest home gardening trends. From the 1940s to the 1960s, gardeners planted large trees to create a shaded refuge from Washington’s summer heat. Later, the park showcased displays of annual plants, and, in the 1990s, it featured native plants.

The park was extensively renovated in 2016 according to the specifications of the Sustainable SITES Initiative, a certification program for landscapes that’s similar to LEED certification for green buildings. 

Today Bartholdi Park is a living demonstration of environmentally sustainable gardening, highlighting practices that can be used to improve any landscape. It incorporates sustainable practices in water conservation, soil treatment, use of materials, selection of plants, and attention to human health.

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