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War Garden at the Library of Congress

May 16, 2017

An Architect of the Capitol employee holds radishes in front of a War Garden sign.
To mark this year's centennial of America entering the Great War, the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) recreated a War Garden as it would have been during World War I. These gardens, also referred to as Victory Gardens, were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted at private residences, public parks, school yards and more to increase food supplies without increasing the use of land or labor already dedicated to agricultural work. The Library Buildings and Grounds team at the AOC adopted materials, planting schedules and methods such as companion planting and succession planting, from period...

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2017 John Russell Pope Award

April 26, 2017

Group accepting the 2017 John Russell Pope Award for Historic Preservation.
The Architect of the Capitol was recently awarded a 2017 John Russell Pope Award for Historic Preservation for the Dome Restoration Project. Augustine Angba, Tom Nowell and Chuck Badal accepted the award with employees of Historical Arts and Casting, the company responsible for recasting pieces of the Dome. The John Russell Pope Awards, which recognize excellence in classical architecture, artisanship, interior design and landscape architecture, are named for the architect best known for the Jefferson Memorial, National Gallery of Art, National Archives Building and Constitution Hall.

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Six Tips for Sledding Safely on Capitol Hill

March 13, 2017

Sledding on the Capitol's West Front in 2014.
On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, a section of the U.S. Capitol Grounds West Front will open for community sledding during daylight hours (dawn to dusk). Everyone is invited to join in the fun, but we ask that you remain safe and aware of the area and of workers who are clearing snow and ice. Keep these tips in mind: Stay alert. Architect of the Capitol (AOC) personnel are working hard to clear the grounds of snow and ice. Getting to and from the sledding area on the West Front crosses routes used by heavy equipment and large trucks needed for snow removal. Dress for success. Wear sensible...

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Road Closures and Restrictions for Feb. 28 Joint Session of Congress

February 24, 2017

Street Closures for February 28, 2017
From the U.S. Capitol Police: On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, President Donald J. Trump will address a Joint Session of Congress in the Hall 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.S. Secret Service, U.S. Park Police and Metropolitan Police Department.  The following is specific information for the Capitol Complex regarding street closures, parking...

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"You Can Grow It!" opens at U.S. Botanic Garden

February 22, 2017

You Can Grow It! Exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden
The new You Can Grow It! exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) is open now through October 15, 2017. This indoor and outdoor exhibit showcases tips and answers to some of the questions visitors ask most frequently about how to care for plants in their own homes and gardens, including how to choose the best plant for their space and care abilities. The exhibit provides answers to common issues about lighting, watering, fertilizing and pests, as well as how to rescue a plant that experiences problems. For those unsure of what kinds of plants they can grow where they live, visitors can find...

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U.S. Capitol Grounds is now an Accredited Arboretum

February 10, 2017

The United States Capitol Grounds was recently named an accredited arboretum. The grounds are now listed in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a comprehensive list of arboreta and public gardens that have a substantial focus on woody plants for the benefit of the public, science and conservation. As a Level II arboretum, Capitol Grounds is recognized as an area with at least 100 species of woody plants, dedicated staff, enhanced public education programs and a documented collections policy.   "The diligent efforts of Capitol Grounds are evident to all who work at and visit the Capitol campus...

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