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Bartholdi Fountain and Park at night surrounded by plant life.
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A view of the Capitol Visitor Center lit up at night
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EVENTS

Oct
10
Fri
WEEKLY
Event Location:
Capitol Visitor Center
Event Tags:
Art/History Events, Educational Events, Tours
Weekdays at 3 p.m. — In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, a special tour, lasting 30 to 45 minutes, entitled "Capitol and the Congress During the Civil War," is offered Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. With stops at the Old Supreme Court Chamber and other important areas at the Capitol, this tour will explore how the Capitol was used during the Civil War, critical debates that took... More »
Oct
12
Sun
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Educational Events
Habitat restoration often begins with the removal of exotic invasive vegetation, which can yield an abundance of material: paper and fabric fibers, pigments, lumber, chemicals, fuel and food. Patterson Clark, artist and writer, will document the processes he uses to turn local invasive weeds into inks, printing blocks and sheets of paper, which reunite at the letterpress to yield prints. Raw and... More »
Oct
13
Mon
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Educational Events
The botany, geography, ecology and economics of spice production combined with human lust for spice consumption have conspired over the centuries to make fortunes for a few and launched the great voyages of discovery that changed the lives of many. Learn how pepper, allspice, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, once affordable only by the very rich, have become part of our daily lives. Todd Brethauer, ... More »
Oct
13
Mon
WEEKLY
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Tours
Mondays and Wednesdays at 12 p.m. — What do manila folders, Chanel No. 5, vanilla and fossil fuels have in common? They all come from plants on permanent display in the USBG Conservatory. Take a tour with a knowledgeable guide who will connect the exotic plant world to everyday life. You might see bananas, cacao and coffee ripening on the tree or learn about the next big breakthrough in medicinal... More »
Oct
13
Mon
DAILY
Event Location:
United States Capitol
Event Tags:
Art/History Events, Educational Events, Tours
Weekdays at 2 p.m. — A special tour of the Brumidi Corridors on the first floor of the Senate wing of the Capitol enables visitors to view and learn about the ornate paintings on the walls and ceilings designed by Constantino Brumidi between 1857 and 1859. This tour, which lasts approximately 30 minutes, is offered Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. No reservations are needed. Get passes for this... More »
Oct
13
Mon
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Educational Events
Each fall Chrysanthemums bring diverse colors and floral forms to our gardens and homes. Brought under cultivation in Asia thousands of years ago, they have important cultural, medicinal and culinary uses in Chinese and Japanese cultures in addition to their popular horticultural uses. In the 1800s, they became a passion for gardeners and breeders in Europe and the young United States. Come and... More »
Oct
13
Mon
WEEKLY
Event Location:
Capitol Visitor Center
Event Tags:
Art/History Events, Educational Events, Tours
Weekdays at 3 p.m. — In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, a special tour, lasting 30 to 45 minutes, entitled "Capitol and the Congress During the Civil War," is offered Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. With stops at the Old Supreme Court Chamber and other important areas at the Capitol, this tour will explore how the Capitol was used during the Civil War, critical debates that took... More »
Oct
14
Tue
DAILY
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Educational Events, Tours
Many important medicines are derived from plants, but too much of a good thing can be dangerous. During a walking tour of the Conservatory, biochemist and USBG volunteer Beth Burrous will feature poisonous and medicinal plants growing at the USBG. She will talk about famous, interesting and sometimes fatal cases of poisoning by plants. You will also see and learn about plants used to make... More »
Oct
14
Tue
WEEKLY
Event Location:
U.S. Botanic Garden
Event Tags:
Tours
Tuesdays at 2 p.m. — What do manila folders, Chanel No. 5, vanilla and fossil fuels have in common? They all come from plants on permanent display in the USBG Conservatory. Take a tour with a knowledgeable guide who will connect the exotic plant world to everyday life. You might see bananas, cacao and coffee ripening on the tree or learn about the next big breakthrough in medicinal plant research... More »
Oct
14
Tue
DAILY
Event Location:
United States Capitol
Event Tags:
Art/History Events, Educational Events, Tours
Weekdays at 2 p.m. — A special tour of the Brumidi Corridors on the first floor of the Senate wing of the Capitol enables visitors to view and learn about the ornate paintings on the walls and ceilings designed by Constantino Brumidi between 1857 and 1859. This tour, which lasts approximately 30 minutes, is offered Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. No reservations are needed. Get passes for this... More »

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