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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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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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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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