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Walking with Wheat: A Journey through History, Botany and Culture Tour

Event Location: 
Capitol Visitor Center
Tour highlights.

Come explore the wonderful world of wheat during this joint program between the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, National Gallery of Art and U.S. Botanic Garden.

This walking tour program begins at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, where staff will lead a discussion about plant scientist and wheat pioneer Dr. Norman Borlaug. A statue of Dr. Borlaug, representing the state of Iowa, was unveiled on March 25, 2014, as part of the National Statuary Hall Collection. The tour continues at the U.S. Botanic Garden's Amber Waves of Grain exhibit with a close-up look at the variety and science of wheat. The tour concludes at the National Gallery of Art with an exploration of wheat's impact on visual culture, including the National Gallery of Art's newly acquired "Green Wheat Fields, Auvers" by Vincent van Gogh. Bring your walking shoes and get ready to learn all about wheat's importance and influence in our lives!

Please note: This is a walking tour, with portions being held outdoors. We suggest wearing comfortable shoes and bringing sunscreen and weather appropriate protective clothing. Please arrive at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center approximately 20 minutes prior to program start time to accommodate security screening measures.

Date: September 27, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LocationTour meets in Emancipation Hall at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
FREEPre-registration required!

For a complete calendar of events at the U.S. Botanic Garden, visit: http://www.usbg.gov/programs-and-events.

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