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Help Plants Beat the Heat

By USBG Staff

Just like us, plants need special care in the extreme heat. Following these tips from the U.S. Botanic Garden will help protect your plants during the hottest days of summer.

Phlox paniculata at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
Tuning fork used by Meigs to ensure that iron placed in the Dome was sound, along with copies of Meigs' writing and pieces of cast iron recovered from the Dome during the restoration project.
March 10, 2016
Tuning forks are frequently used by musicians to adjust their instruments. So why does AOC have one – and what makes it cool?More »
Craig Smith prepares to change out a load wheel on the subway to the Hart and Dirksen Buildings in the Hart Maintenance Station. The subway staff performs monthly preventive maintenance checks to detect wear and replace the wheels, as needed.
March 7, 2016
Architect of the Capitol employees show you what it's like to work in their specialized shop and area of expertise.More »
Shamello Aslan discusses networking resources at a recent meeting of women who work for the Architect of the Capitol.
March 2, 2016
Architects, lawyers, archivists, curators, engineers, human resources specialists, gardeners, custodians, technicians, arborists, technology developers and more are represented by female employees of the Architect of the Capitol. More »
The Senate Fountain, featuring lion-head spouts on the faces of its hexagon, with the Capitol Dome in the background.
March 1, 2016
The lion, with its prominent mane, is a popular symbol in art and architecture on the Capitol campus.More »
Constantino Brumidi's The Apotheosis of George Washington
February 22, 2016
Approximately 35 pieces of art feature or include Washington's likeness in the U.S. Capitol. Which is your favorite?More »
Setting a keystone during construction of the Rayburn House Office Building in 1964.
February 10, 2016
The Architect of the Capitol is proud of our role in caring for and preserving these tributes to the role African Americans have played in shaping the course of our country's history.More »
Fire safety in the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.
January 30, 2016
Modern technology enables the AOC to take precautions and prevent potentially harmful fires from ravaging our nation's treasures.More »
Rising to the Challenge: Elevator Mechanic Challenges Students
January 27, 2016
An AOC employee gives back and shares his knowledge with students, not just about elevators, but about broader career opportunities.More »
Barron Dill (second from right) and his fellow AOC colleagues.
January 20, 2016
Volunteering at the Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School is an experience that continues to enrich lives.More »
AOC curator team at the foundry in Philadelphia.
January 7, 2016
On a recent visit to the foundry, members of the AOC Curator Division observed the casting process in action, including the dramatic moment when the molten bronze is poured.More »
Photo from February 2015.
January 6, 2016
The warmer temperatures have helped the AOC get ahead on other projects, but as the winter season continues, everyone is keeping a close eye on the forecast.More »
The clock above the door on the east side of the Capitol Rotunda.
December 31, 2015
All eyes are on the clocks as we countdown on New Years Eve. These clocks around the Capitol campus also get plenty of attention throughout the rest of the year.More »
2015 Year in Review
December 18, 2015
This year has been one of many great moments at the Architect of the Capitol and on Capitol Hill. As 2015 comes to a close, relive some of the highlights through our photos.More »
First official photo of the 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree.
December 2, 2015
The mild and misty December air crackled with excitement as the Architect of the Capitol, members of Congress, congressional staff, Capitol Hill neighbors and tourists gathered on the West Front Lawn for the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree.More »
Chugach National Forest in Alaska
October 28, 2015
How do you pick a single tree from an area that stretches across all of south-central Alaska? AOC's Superintendent of the Capitol Grounds explores the Chugach National Forest for "the one."More »

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