U.S. Botanic Garden — and the Corpse Flower

On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, I went on a hike to the U.S. Botanic Garden with the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group. Because it was a dreary, rainy evening, it ended up just being two of us walking… hike leader Toby and me. It actually turned out to be a perfect evening for a hike, because the garden’s corpse flower was in bloom!

Corpse flower in bloom. U.S. Botanic Garden, Aug. 29, 2017
The thing was huge; the flower alone was about a little more than eight feet tall! I didn’t find it to be as smelly as people say. The air in the room was warm and humid, and if anything, I thought it smelled like a stinky old locker room or some gym socks. We got there the day after peak bloom. The flower’s size was still rather impressive, even though it had started to lean a bit.

We started our hike under the Friendship Arch in D.C.’s Chinatown.

From there, we made our way to the nearby National Law Enforcement Museum, which is currently under construction. The museum’s garden features this adorable statue of lion cubs at play. The cubs were under the watchful eye of their mom, who was guarding them from the other side of the path.

Lion cubs at play. National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, D.C., Aug. 29, 2017

Site of the City Spring. John Marshall Memorial Park, Washington, D.C., Aug. 29, 2017
Our next stop was at the John Marshall Memorial Park, where we saw the tribute to the City Spring that you see to the left.

Below are some additional photos taken at the U.S. Botanic Garden for you to enjoy. It’s a beautiful garden, well worth a visit, regardless of whether you’re a long-time DMV native or you’re just passing through.

Chenille Plant
Datura metel
Venus flytrap

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