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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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"A Capitol Fourth" Concert from U.S. Capitol Celebrates America's Independence

June 28, 2017

View of concert set up from the West Front. The National Mall and Washington Monument are visible in the background.
From the United States Capitol Police: On Tuesday, July 4, 2017, the annual "A Capitol Fourth" Concert, celebrating America's Independence Day, will be broadcast live from the West Front of the United States Capitol. The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, and gates will open to the public at 3 p.m. There will also be a full concert dress rehearsal on Monday, July 3, 2017, at 8 p.m.  Gates will open to the public on Monday at 3 p.m.   Both events are open to the public and no tickets are required. Public and Accessible Entrances, Parking and Travel Tips All public entrances are...

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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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2017 Memorial Day Concert at U.S. Capitol Honors U.S. Heroes in Uniform

May 23, 2017

2017 Memorial Day Concert Set Up
From the United States Capitol Police: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - Prohibited Items, Street Closures and More On Sunday, May 28, 2017, the annual National Memorial Day Concert, which honors American veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Services, will be broadcast live from the West Front of the United States Capitol. The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Sunday, and gates will open to the public at 5 p.m. There also will be a full concert dress rehearsal for this event on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 8 p.m. Gates will open to the public on Saturday at 5 p.m. Public and Accessible Entrances, Parking,...

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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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