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Exploring Orchid Diversity

By Devin Dotson

Found on every continent except Antarctica, orchids showcase a wide spectrum of diversity in color, shape, size, habitat, scent and many other aspects.

Orchid Show at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
2017 Highlights
December 20, 2017
Before we dive into 2018, here's a look back at some of this year's highlights.More »
March 22, 2016
The Architect of the Capitol describes how he finds inspiration every day from the beautiful details of the Capitol campus.More »
October 22, 2013
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, reflects on the AOC's effort to restore the U.S. Capitol Dome.More »
Carving of a new rosette begun by a computerized numerical control (CNC) machine.
May 10, 2016
To answer this question, we travel to a brick building in Vienna, Virginia, where the hum of an industrial-sized machine is unmistakable. Littering the fenced-in courtyard of the building are massive slabs of stone of all shapes and colors.More »
AOC's Theon Parker teaches students about electrical circuits at Phelps ACE High School.
May 17, 2012
Courses taught by AOC employees help communicate business culture and expectations, as well as important skills they can apply to future educational and occupational pursuits.More »
Group photo of members of the AOC Capitol Grounds team with the Safety Sign.
November 29, 2017
Two examples of what an empowered and innovative workforce looks like in day-to-day operations at the AOC.More »
Phlox paniculata at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
July 27, 2016
Just like us, plants need special care in the extreme heat. Following these tips from the U.S. Botanic Garden will help protect your plants during the hottest days of summer. More »
The AOC is responsible for nearly 600,000 square feet of windows
January 22, 2013
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers reflects on the almost 600,000 square feet of windows – of all different shapes, size and age – cared for by the AOC.More »
The Apotheosis of George Washington in the United States Capitol Rotunda.
February 22, 2016
Approximately 35 pieces of art feature or include Washington's likeness in the U.S. Capitol. Which is your favorite?More »
Tower crane being installed at the Cannon House Office Building.
April 21, 2015
High in the sky, about 50 feet above the roof, a crane is peeking out of the Cannon House Office Building. More »
June 7, 2016
We are all an assembly of parts, pieces and life experiences, and we bring those experiences to the things we do every day.More »
Epicatanthe Volcano Trick Orange Fire Orchid
December 21, 2016
Things don't slow down just because it's winter. See five reasons to explore the U.S. Botanic Garden this season, including tropical flowers like this Epicatanthe Volcano Trick Orange Fire orchid.More »
The United States Capitol in 1846, with its original dome designed by Charles Bulfinch
May 13, 2013
Throughout the U.S. Capitol Building’s 220-year history, there have been many workers who have labored in obscurity, their names forever lost to the passage of time. Recently when I was researching the third Architect of the Capitol, Charles Bulfinch, I stumbled across a Capitol worker with an interesting (and largely forgotten) story.More »
July 7, 2016
Some of the most majestic and unmistakable trees on campus were planted during the Olmsted period.More »
Capitol Dome out of focus, branch in foreground.
October 31, 2017
On Friday, October 13, AOC employees set out to look into a new Capitol Building mystery.More »

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