The Mesemb Section of the
U.S. Botanic Garden Production Facility
In Washington, D.C.
On Saturday, March 8, 2014 I visited the production greenhouses of the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. This is a large greenhouse complex that does the behind the scenes work for the U.S. Botanic Garden in downtown Washington, D.C. The production greenhouses are also a rescue facility for plants confiscated at various custom facilities around the country. The production facility is one very large glass enclosed structure, divided into 10 separate greenhouses, each holding a different type of plants, depending on their environmental requirements. Here's an aerial view of the facility.
One of the 10 greenhouse divisions within the facility houses cacti and other succulents. Within the C&S division the various benches hold groups of related plants. A third of one of the long benches is home of their mesemb collection, which is shown below.
There were a lot of interesting cacti and succulents in the greenhouse and I'll try to post a few more photos over the next couple of weeks.