Tours at the U.S. Botanic Garden

A female volunteer docent leads a group of give adults on a tour of the ConservatoryAs a living plant museum, there is so much to take in at the U.S. Botanic Garden! Consider a guided tour to learn more about the Garden's plants or collections.

While the USBG has continued altered operations, onsite programs and tours are suspended. Please explore the online virtual and video tour offerings.

Online Virtual and Video Tours

Explore interactive virtual tours and video tours on our Virtual Tours page.

Guided Tours

Free 45-minute highlight tours of the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory may be available on the day of your visit. Please check at the Visitor Information Desk upon your arrival.

Tours on specialized topics or temporary exhibits are scheduled seasonally. Please check our calendar of events to see what may be available as you plan your visit.

Group Tours

Groups of 10 to 15 adults may reserve a free 45-minute guided tour of the Conservatory at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reservations must be made at least four weeks in advance. To arrange a group tour, please email or call (202) 226-2055.

Due to high visitation and traffic flow throughout the Garden, no group tours are scheduled during the Cherry Blossom Festival, National Peace Officer's Memorial (May 15th), days immediately preceding and following Independence Day, and Veteran's Day through the end of the USBG's holiday show Season's Greenings (end date for Season's Greenings is the Sunday following New Year's Day). However, groups are more than welcome to visit the Garden during this time.

Due to the group-size limitations and the in-depth nature of our tours, the U.S. Botanic Garden does not offer tours for children or school groups. Please visit our Teachers section for more information about planning a trip to the USBG, including age-appropriate activities.

Cell Phone / Smartphone Audio Tour

Use your cell phone to learn more about the gardens and plants at the U.S. Botanic Garden.

Phone call option

To get started, call (202) 730-9303 or visit

Enter a stop number to hear a story about the Garden. You may hang up and redial the tour at any time. During the tour, you can control the audio by pressing 1 to rewind the recording, 2 to pause/play the recording or press # to skip the recording. Normal fees apply to your call.

Smartphone / Web option

Smartphone users can stream audio tour stops by visiting

Sample audio tour stops:

Conservatory Stops (partial list)

Outdoor Gardens Stops (partial list)

101 - USBG Brief History

201 - Welcome to the Outdoor Gardens

102 - Garden Court

202 - West Lawn

104 - U.S. Exploring Expedition

203 - Pollinator Garden

109 - Murals

204 - First Ladies Water Garden

112 - Plant Conservation

205 - Regional Garden

115 - Orchids

210 - Amphitheatre

117 - Mediterranean

211 - History of the Rose Garden

120 - Medicinal Plants

301 - Welcome to Bartholdi Fountain and Gardens

126 - World Deserts

302 - Bartholdi Fountain

132 - Hawaii

301 - Kitchen Garden

134 - Primeval Garden

312 - Sustainable SITES Initiative

139 - Plant Adaptations

313 - Sustainability in the Garden

144 - Tropics

150 - Southern Exposure

153 - Children's Garden