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Steeped in history, rich with tradition, the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. It informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value, of plants to the well-being of humankind and to earth's fragile ecosystems. The Garden highlights the diversity of plants worldwide, as well as their aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic, and ecological significance.  The botanic gardens are famous for their orchid collection - pictured here is Cattlya Portia "Coerulea" HCC/AOS, Orchid Family - Orchidaceae