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Blog Posts Tagged 'nature'

September 16, 2014
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Cara holding her chocolate tree.
With Sprouts at the U.S. Botanic Garden, children learn about the magical world of plants.
July 21, 2014
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Anne Frank Tree and marker planted in the ground in front of the Capitol
One of Anne’s few connections to the outside world while hiding in the secret annex was a nearby white chestnut tree which she could see from the attic window.
October 21, 2013
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Picture of Solidago Altissima outside in a field
Bill McLaughlin, Plant Curator at the U.S. Botanic Garden, reflects on the beautiful goldenrod blooming at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
September 24, 2013
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The Statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol
This is the first in a series of occasional articles, written by the Architect of the Capitol’s Curator Office, about the use of nature in the art and architecture of the U.S. Capitol. This week,...
April 02, 2013
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Phlox subulata flowers blooming
Bill McLaughlin, Plant Curator at the U.S. Botanic Garden highlights plants currently in bloom at the U.S. Capitol.
February 26, 2013
By: Ray Mims
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Trout Lily in the U.S. Botanic Garden
The U.S. Botanic Garden’s Conservation & Sustainability Horticulturist, Ray Mims, takes a look at the importance of spring ephemerals, which are featured in the Garden’s current exhibit,...
October 25, 2012
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The aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) in bloom at the National Garden
It’s fall in the Mid-Atlantic and brisk, sunny days provide opportunities for wonderful walks outdoors. Fall brings fabulous color to the U.S. Botanic Garden, so while you’re out enjoying the season...
September 25, 2012
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AOC tree surgeon cares for trees on Capitol Grounds
Year round, I often notice Architect of the Capitol employees perched high in the trees above. I love the large, beautiful trees across Capitol Hill—they are longest standing witnesses of the history...
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