Through the Looking Glass.

I don’t know about you, but if it’s not going to snow again here in DC, then I want some more green please. My last warm weather vacation was to Jamaica a year ago and I’m yearning for another. So whether or not that Old Animal with a Hat sees or does not see his shadow, then I’m headed to one or more of DC’s many public Greenhouses for my own tropical fix. The Post shares with us a quick list of local greenhouses where warm-blooded Washingtonian’s can loose the hat and breathe deeply among plants, wildlife, and extreme green. Without doing the high dive at Rick’s Cafe. For now. =)

Botanical Garden Washington DC

US Botanical Garden in Washington DC

National Zoo

The zoo’s Amazonia house is an Amazon rain forest under glass. 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW. Free.

U.S. Botanic Garden

Washington’s most lavish botanic garden features a central “jungle,” with an elevated walk in the canopy. 100 Maryland Ave., SW. Free.

Hillwood Museum and Gardens

The estate contains a decorative greenhouse which holds 2,500 orchids. 4155 Linnean Ave., NW. Suggested donation.

Longwood Gardens

Longwoods’ conservatories cover more than four acres and includes an estate fruit house and major seasonal orchid display. 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square, Pa. $12.

Oatlands Plantation

The historic estate contains one of the earliest propagating greenhouses in the United States. Reopens on March 22. 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. $10.

Mount Vernon

The estate features a rebuilt 18th-century brick greenhouse, a precursor to the glass houses of the 19th century. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. $15.

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