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The Summerhouse, a hexagon-shaped brick structure set into the sloping hillside of the West Front lawn on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol Building, has offered rest and shelter to travelers for over a century.
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The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
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Painted portrait of Dr. William Thornton
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Botanic Garden

Botanic Garden

AOC Gardener at the U.S. Botanic Gardener handling some orchids

The U.S. Botanic Garden is dedicated to demonstrating the aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic and ecological importance of plants to the well-being of humankind. The USBG fosters the exchange of ideas and information relevant to national and international partnerships. 

Led by Executive Director Dr. Ari Novy, a team of approximately 65 employees work at the U.S. Botanic Garden in four divisions: Administration, Public Programs, Horticulture and Operations. For a list of contact information at the USBG, visit: usbg.gov/staff-directory.

The Garden is also supported by a dedicated team of volunteers. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Maura Nelson with any questions about this program, or visit usbg.gov/opportunities-us-botanic-garden for a list of current volunteer opportunities.