This morning Representative Chris Pappas, Representative Ann Kuster, Senator Maggie Hassan, Senator Jeanne Shaheen and other distinguished guests gathered on the U.S. Capitol Grounds to dedicate a tree in honor of the people of New Hampshire.
"Today we planted a Black Gum, which is the oldest known living tree species in New Hampshire and the oldest deciduous hardwood throughout New England... In years to come, visitors from around the globe will visit these historic grounds and witness the growth of this special tree. I am honored to add it to our collection," said Architect of the Capitol J. Brett Blanton.
Several trees on the grounds serve as living memorials. The New Hampshire tree is located near First Street, SW, across from the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory on the Capitol campus. The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) cares for the historic and picturesque grounds surrounding the U.S. Capitol Building. The grounds were designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in 1874. More than 140 years later, the AOC continues to follow his plan for creating an urban oasis in the nation's capital.