In keeping with the idea of sharing some of the lesser known attractions of Washington, the Garmen ( & Women) Group brings this all-season renovated site to the attention of fellow geocachers. This readily accessible location includes seasonal displays that will delight visitors of all ages. The enclosed site is quiet and restful, providing a welcome break from hectic visits and long lines at other nearby attractions. The renovation and reconstruction took four years to complete from December 1997 to December 2001.
Open to the public from 10 AM to 5 PM daily. No admission charge.
NOTE: A 'virtual cache' is a location (usually without a log book). 'Cache finders' wishing to claim credit for ACTUALLY VISITING THIS VIRTUAL CACHE should answer the following question: WHAT ARE THE MIDDLE TWO of the four words engraved in stone above the front entrance? Logged entries on the website should be accompanied by a separate email to the 'cache hiders', which correctly answers the question, to assure 'cache seekers' entry is not deleted.
Established by Congress in 1820, this is the oldest botanic garden in North America. It includes annual flower shows, and displays of some 4000 exotic plants from tropical, subtropical and desert regions worldwide.
Under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, the U.S. Botanic Garden is a designated rescue center and repository for plants seized in illegal trade activities.
On Oct. 15, 2001 officials representing the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among other agencies, commandeered the Conservatory to respond to the anthrax contamination of congressional offices on Capitol Hill. Portions of this Conservatory were transformed into the government's 24-hour Anthrax Command Center, primarily because the building was considered to be totally anthrax free, having been closed and not receiving mail for four years.
Across the street, and enroute to the nearby 'Capitol View Cache' is the west lawn of the Capitol where the "other" National Christmas Tree is annually placed. This 'Capitol Holiday Tree', with thousands of decorations from the state of origin, is well worth a visit during the holiday season. It tends to be less gaudy than the "other" tree which is made to look good for national TV.
Another nearby and lesser known bonus (located at N 38 53.470 and W77 01.364) is the National Gallery Sculpture Garden and Ice Rink. It has ample outdoor seating and a small cafe. Children will enjoy the 'Giant Spider' as well as the long-eared 'Thinker on a Rock'.