This massive greenhouse was renovated not too many years ago. The plants inside the structure and the planting all around the perimeter are a must for flower lovers visiting our nation's capitol.
Jefferson's study of French architecture caused him to remove much of his mansion called Monticello and redesign it to its current appearance. (The "ce" in Monticello is pronounced properly "ch;" it is an Italian word).
The writer took his young children to the Botanic Garden many years ago. All the son wanted to see was a Venus fly trap. We found one for him.
The writer and his wife visited it not long ago after the renovation. During the renovation the officials were able to preserve the plants that grew to the top of the tall part of the structure.
While in the vicinity you may wish to visit the many beautiful flower gardens around the Smithsonian Institute "Castle." A gardener in the rose garden there shared something interesting concerning thorns on roses. We will share this on the rose trivia item.