This bronze statue of noted abolitionist Frederick Douglass
This bronze statue of noted abolitionist Frederick Douglass was dedicated by...


The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
A few ideas to help you in planning a visit to Capitol Hill.


Painted portrait of Dr. William Thornton
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the builder and steward of America’s...


The Capitol Crypt, which now houses statuary and exhibitions, was once used as an informal storage space where bicycles were parked, seen here circa 1900.
The term "crypt" has long referred to a space beneath the main floor...

Blog Posts Tagged 'nature'

Cara and the Chocolate Tree

Posted by Lee Coykendall on September 16, 2014

Cara holding her chocolate tree.
With Sprouts at the U.S. Botanic Garden, children learn about the magical world of plants.

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Anne Frank Tree at the Capitol

Posted by Sharon Gang on July 21, 2014

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.

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Solidago: Solid Gold for the Garden

Posted by Bill McLaughlin on October 21, 2013

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.

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Nature at the Capitol - The Statue of Freedom

Posted by AOC Curator Office on September 24, 2013

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, they focus on the elements in the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome.

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In Bloom: Jeepers creepers, it must be spring!

Posted by Bill McLaughlin on April 02, 2013

Phlox subulata flowers blooming
Bill McLaughlin, Plant Curator at the U.S. Botanic Garden highlights plants currently in bloom at the U.S. Capitol.

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U.S. Botanic Garden's Understory: Photographs of...

Posted by Ray Mims on February 26, 2013

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, Understory, on display now through October 14, 2013.

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What’s in Bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden

Posted by Laura Condeluci on October 25, 2012

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, make sure to take the time to strop by and see what's in bloom.

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Saving Life & Limb: AOC Arborists

Posted by Franklin Bradley on September 25, 2012

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 of this campus, from the burning of the Capitol by the British to the sculpting of the current grounds in 1872 by Frederick Law Olmsted. I was concerned that the AOC was cutting this history down – so I did some investigating.

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