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Benjamin Henry Latrobe was hired by President Jefferson in 1803 to fill the...

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Preparation for spring on Capitol grounds.
Spring is the season of new beginnings when the Earth seems to come to life...

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Washington, DC – This year's annual U.S. Botanic Garden holiday exhibit, Season's Greenings: National Parks and Historic Places, will open Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016, and run through January 2, 2017. Immerse yourself in the sights, scents and sounds of the season with wreaths, garland, trees and thousands of blooms from exotic orchids to a showcase of... More »

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The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit by the Speaker of the House, Paul D. Ryan, on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, during a ceremony on the West Front Lawn beginning at 5 p.m. "The Capitol Christmas Tree brings with it a spirit of community, and the start of the season of generosity and cheer. We're excited to... More »

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Architect of the Capitol (AOC) employees reported very favorable perceptions about working at the AOC. In a federal employee survey about workplace engagement, the AOC scored favorably in 95 percent of questions, and higher than the federal government average on 85 percent of questions.

Every other year, the AOC conducts the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) to measure employees... More »

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The United States Capitol Grounds was recently named an accredited arboretum. The grounds are now listed in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a comprehensive list of arboreta and public gardens that have a substantial focus on woody plants for the benefit of the public, science and conservation.

As a Level II... More »

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The new You Can Grow It! exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) is open now through October 15, 2017. This indoor and outdoor exhibit showcases tips and answers to some of the questions visitors ask most frequently about how to care for plants in their own homes and gardens, including how to choose the best plant for their space and care abilities.

The exhibit provides answers to... More »

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From the United States Capitol Police:

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - Prohibited Items, Street Closures and More

On Sunday, May 28, 2017, the annual National Memorial Day Concert, which honors American veterans and members... More »

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The United States Botanic Garden announces the reopening of the Children's Garden in the Conservatory. Families can enjoy the updated space, where children can explore and grow their imaginations.

The garden features multiple updates including:

  • a new platform discovery structure — a series of terraced platforms create a climbing structure, with overhead... More »
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For the first time in the history of the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG), three corpse flowers (Amorphophallus titanum) are about to bloom at the USBG Conservatory. The plants went on display Tuesday, August 8. One of the plants is the first corpse flower to bloom that the USBG has grown from seed.

The USBG currently estimates peak bloom might happen between August 17 and 22. Once... More »

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From the United States Capitol Police:

On Sunday, September 3, 2017, the annual Labor Day Capitol Concert, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), will be held on the West Front of the United States Capitol beginning at 8 p.m. The gates will... More »

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Today the Honorable Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol, joined members of the Dome Restoration team to attach the final restored ornament, a rosette, to the ... More »

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