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U.S. Capitol Cherry Blossoms Map

March 30, 2018

Map of cherry tree groups found on the U.S. Capitol campus.
Spring in Washington, D.C., officially arrives with the blooming of the cherry trees and the National Cherry Blossom Festival. More than 1.5 million visitors come to the District each year to admire these trees that surround the Tidal Basin. Many will use their trip to tour museums and local landmarks like the U.S Capitol while in town. Our Capitol Grounds crew cares for both big and small groups of cherry trees of a few different varieties (Yoshino and Japanese flowering). One of the largest groupings is in Lower Senate Park, where there are more than 100 cherry trees lining the fountain...

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Reverend Billy Graham to Lie in Honor February 28 and March 1

February 27, 2018

Looking up in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. Information on Public Viewing Hours, Road Closures and Other Restrictions The late Reverend Billy Graham will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda beginning on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Members of the public and Capitol Hill community are invited to pay their respects at the U.S. Capitol. Following a private arrival ceremony to include Reverend Graham's family and Members of Congress, the U.S. Capitol Rotunda will open to the public from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m., on Wednesday, February 28. All visitors will enter...

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Saharah Moon Chapotin Named New U.S. Botanic Garden Executive Director

February 20, 2018

U.S. Botanic Garden Executive Director Saharah Moon Chapotin
The Architect of the Capitol announces the selection of Saharah Moon Chapotin, Ph.D., as Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden (USBG). "Dr. Chapotin is a plant scientist with a passion to educate people about the importance of plants and agriculture," said Stephen T. Ayers, Architect of the Capitol and Acting Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden. "As she leads the Garden in its efforts to connect people with plants, her vision and experience will guide the USBG as it approaches the 200th anniversary of its 1820 Congressional charter." Prior to joining the USBG, Chapotin...

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Large-scale Art in "Wall Flowers: Botanic Murals" Exhibit Opens at U.S. Botanic Garden

February 01, 2018

"Wall Flowers: Botanic Murals" exhibit at U.S. Botanic Garden.
The U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) presents a new exhibit "Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals" now through October 15, 2018. The exhibit showcases six large-scale murals measuring as large as 16 feet, all celebrating plants. Plants in murals communicate the aesthetic, ecological, and historic importance of plants in the urban environment. This exhibit features large-scale art by local artists who specialize in public murals that beautify our cities. Their murals depict plants using bold colors and monumental scale. The exhibit fosters creative conversations about botanical art and new ways to...

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State of the Union to be Held January 30, 2018

January 24, 2018

The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. Information on State of the Union Road Closures and Other Restrictions Impacting the Capitol Complex On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, President Donald J. Trump will deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the Chamber of the House of Representatives beginning at 9 p.m. Given the high level of security surrounding the event, the United States Capitol Police (USCP) is responsible for a significant amount of preparation and coordination with its numerous law enforcement partners, including the U....

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Three Corpse Flowers to Bloom at U.S. Botanic Garden

August 10, 2017

Three corpse flower blooms at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
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 fully open, each bloom usually remains open for 24 to 48 hours and then quickly collapses. You can track the blooms' progress via live video at www.usbg.gov/CorpseFlower. This appears to be the first time that a garden...

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