The National Garden


The National Garden, a lasting legacy, is to be constructed adjacent to the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. just steps from the nation’s capitol with privately contributed funds. Any and all donations are accepted.

1997 marked the beginning of a four-year project to extend the Botanic Gardens by constructing the National Garden on an adjacent site. It will be a living museum containing the Senator John Heinz Environmental Learning Center, The First Ladies Water Garden, The Rose Garden, The Showcase Garden and a Butterfly Garden created by the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc.

The U.S. Botanic Garden, the oldest continually operating public garden in the country is a national treasure, which was inspired by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. A nonprofit tax-exempt organization, the National Fund for the United States Botanic Garden was established to be the primary vehicle for raising the necessary funds for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of The National Garden.

It will examine in formal and informal settings and natural habitats, the interrelationships between plants, humankind and nature. Visitors will leave The National Garden with a heightened sense of stewardship and an understanding of their role and responsibility to preserve and protect nature for future generations.

Many varieties of our national flower, the rose, will be showcased in octagonal beds, on two graceful pergolas and in companion plantings. The collection will represent the best of both historical and current rose types.

A water garden will be dedicated to the First Ladies of the United States.

A Butterfly Garden will be created by the National Council of State Garden Clubs which will include plants that attract butterflies, a sundial and benches featuring butterflies and roses, designed by sculptress Ms. Clydetta Fulmer and cast in bronze.

The National Council of State Garden Clubs is selling limited edition Christmas ornaments in order to raise funds to construct the Butterfly Garden. The large gold-plated ornaments retail for $15.00 plus $1.50 shipping & handling and will be available for 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000. Inquiries can be made to Nell Denman at 1-409-297-1311 for fax her at 1-409-297-1763, for that special person on your holiday list.

For more information on how you can be supporter, including major naming opportunities for features in The National Garden, call 1-800-785-4171 or fax 1-202-225-7910 or visit their web site at


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