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By aoc staff | May 11, 2022
Celebrating the men and women of the United States Capitol Police who put their lives on the line to protect America's beacon of democracy.
By aoc staff | March 29, 2022
Spring in Washington, D.C., is one of the most beautiful times to visit the nation's capital; it is also the busiest. Learn about five beautiful, and less known spots, to enjoy the warm weather near the U.S. Capitol including where you can see more than 100 cherry blossom trees.
By devin dotson | February 15, 2022
Several U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) employees recently led projects inside the Conservatory to improve the growing spaces and showcase more of the permanent plant collection.
By erin courtney | February 8, 2022
Losing one family member is tough. How does anyone deal with multiple losses? Architect of the Capitol employee Milton Lee Dennis has survived a lifetime of losses.
By justin kieffer | January 31, 2022
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) has a deep bench of talented employees that continue to complete critical projects across the Capitol campus year after year.
By Morgan Green | July 13, 2021
When Jim Kaufmann, Capitol Grounds and Arboretum Director, happened across an 1891 street-sweeping map while going through cultural landscape reports, he had no idea how simple an old map could make caring for the U.S. Capitol Grounds.
By devin dotson | July 8, 2021
Throughout 2020 while the United States Botanic Garden was closed to the public, the Horticulture team continued stewarding its plant collection. Several Horticulture team members were paying special attention to a new batch of plants grown from seeds harvested during a plant-collecting trip to Texas.
By justin kieffer | June 24, 2021
While most people have one structure to take care of, the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is hard at work on multiple projects to care for the buildings across Capitol Hill.
By kate holder | February 17, 2021
One of the most important credentials for Architect of the Capitol (AOC) gardeners to obtain and maintain is pesticide applicator licensing. It's a certification that advances the AOC's core value of safety in multiple ways.
By franklin bradley | February 10, 2021
President John Adams issued a letter to all federal agencies on May 15, 1800, directing the "removal of the public offices, clerks and papers" from the capital city of Philadelphia. In that single sentence, Adams started the final move of the U.S. government to its permanent home, the newly created city of Washington, in the District of Columbia.