AAA Editor Notes
Bartholdi Park is directly across Independence Ave. S.W. from the United States Botanic Garden conservatory. This 2-acre demonstration garden showcases innovative plant combinations in a variety of styles and design themes. The plantings, at their peak of color and lushness during the summer months, are constantly updated to spotlight new varieties, design trends and garden maintenance methods.
The Fountain of Light and Water is the park's lovely highlight. It is also called the Bartholdi Fountain in honor of Fredéric Auguste Bartholdi, the French sculptor famous for designing the Statue of Liberty; he created the historic, black cast-iron fountain standing at its center for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Energy-efficient globe lights come on at sunset, illuminating the fountain and casting a soft glow.