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FY 2017 Performance and Accountability Report Now Available

December 14, 2017

FY 2017 Performance and Accountability Report Cover
The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 is now available online. The PAR provides an overview of the agency's financial and performance results to inform Congress and the American people about what we have collectively achieved for the period October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. Through the talent and hard work of our dedicated employees, the AOC realized a number of key accomplishments during FY 2017. Major achievements described in the report include our successful completion of the initial phase of the Cannon House...

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"Season's Greenings: Roadside Attractions" Opens Thanksgiving Day at U.S. Botanic Garden

November 13, 2017

This year's annual U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) holiday exhibit, "Season's Greenings: Roadside Attractions," will open Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017 and run through January 1, 2018. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Wreaths, garland, trees and thousands of blooms from exotic orchids to a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties adorn the Conservatory. This year, take a trip across America as our annual holiday show features roadside attractions! In our gallery, model trains will chug around, below, through ...

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2017 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Announced

November 09, 2017

2016 Capitol Christmas Tree with lights on.
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit by the Speaker of the House, Paul D. Ryan, on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 during a ceremony on the West Front Lawn beginning at 5 p.m.  Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, will serve as master of ceremonies. The Architect of the Capitol selects the tree, in consultation with the United States Forest Service. This year's tree was chosen from the Kootenai National Forest located in the northwest corner of Montana. The Englemann Spruce is sponsored by the Montana Congressional Delegation led by U.S. Senator Jon Tester. It was...

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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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Outdoor Summer Concert Series Returns to U.S. Botanic Garden

June 15, 2017

The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is pleased to announce the return of their popular American Roots Music Concert Series for 2017. The summer concert series, which the USBG first offered in 2015, celebrates American roots music – Americana and folk, country, blues, jazz and zydeco. Concerts June through August will be held outdoors in the National Garden Amphitheater surrounded by the beautiful Regional Garden of native plants (rain location inside the Conservatory in the Garden Court). The USBG continues to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the National Garden, which opened in 2006....

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Updated Children's Garden opens at U.S. Botanic Garden

June 13, 2017

Updated Children's Garden opens at U.S. Botanic Garden.
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 arching aluminum posts that mimic the architectural style of the Conservatory. As children ascend the platforms (up to 4' high), they will experience interactive panels with botanical materials demonstrating the diversity and usefulness of...

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