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USBG National Garden Turns 10

By Devin Dotson

Opened to the public on October 1, 2006, the National Garden is a key element of the USBG, along with the Conservatory and Bartholdi Park.

The U.S. Capitol can be seen over the wetlands area of the National Garden.
State of the Union on January 24, 2012
February 8, 2013
Every winter, Congress has the honor of welcoming the President of the United States to the U.S. Capitol for the annual State of the Union Address. Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers reflects on the AOC's role in support this momentous event.More »
AOC General Counsel Jason Baltimore standing next to a tour of people
February 4, 2013
Kristen Frederick, AOC congressional liaison, sits down with Jason Baltimore, AOC’s first African American general counsel, to discuss what brought him to the Architect of the Capitol and what opportunities lie ahead for him in his new role.More »
The figure of Liberty in the Apotheosis of George Washington is depicted wearing a Liberty Cap
January 29, 2013
The liberty cap was the symbol of freedom and liberty commonly used in the 19th century and is seen in many places in the United States Capitol. More »
The AOC is responsible for nearly 600,000 square feet of windows
January 22, 2013
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers reflects on the almost 600,000 square feet of windows – of all different shapes, size and age – cared for by the AOC.More »
Photo of Capitol covered in snow
January 15, 2013
AOC Photographer Chuck Badal gives a behind the scenes look at how some of his favorite photos of the Capitol were captured — from the roof of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.More »
Reduction in Energy Consumption FY 2007-2012 Graphic
January 7, 2013
The Architect of the Capitol's Sustainability, Energy and Water Conservation Division is pleased to report that the AOC achieved and exceeded our annual energy reduction goal for FY 2012! This year’s goal was 21 percent and the AOC reduced its energy consumption by 22 percent. Our FY 2012 results avoided $2.7 million in utility expenses.More »
U.S. Capitol Dome and Shuttle Discovery flying by
December 21, 2012
Capitol Hill 2012 in pictures - from the memorable, to the beautiful, to the solemn.More »
AOC's Sharon Gang and Senator Daniel K. Akaka
December 17, 2012
Sharon Gang, Communications & Marketing Manager for the Capitol Visitor Center, reflects on her first job on Capitol Hill, and how the lessons learned there stick with her to this day.More »
Scene "Cortez and Montezuma at Mexican Temple" from the Frieze of American History in the Capitol Rotunda
December 12, 2012
AOC's Matt Guilfoyle investigates the myth of the Mayan Calendar at the U.S. Capitol.More »
U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory decorated for the holidays
December 5, 2012
Landscape Architect Nick Nelson details the process he undertook to design the 2012 Season’s Greenings holiday exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden.More »
Capitol Visitor Center Opening Ceremony
November 30, 2012
On December 2, the Capitol Visitor Center celebrates its four-year anniversary. Sharon Gang, the third member of the CVC's operations staff, reflects back to the opening four years ago. More »
Bartholdi Fountain, 40mm, 200 ISO, f/14, 5 seconds
November 26, 2012
Each month AOC’s photography branch will break down an iconic photo of Capitol Hill and share tips and tricks for snapping beautiful images at the Capitol. This month AOC photographer Susanne Bledsoe walks us through a shot of Bartholdi Fountain in Bartholdi Park on the Capitol Grounds.More »
2012 Capitol Christmas Tree arrives at U.S. Capitol
November 26, 2012
The Capitol Christmas tree has just arrived at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol! This year's tree is a 65-foot Engelmann spruce that came all the way from Colorado.More »
Statue of Abraham Lincoln in Rotunda of U.S. Capitol
November 9, 2012
The recent attention for the movie “Lincoln” produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln draws focus on this remarkable individual, the period in which he lived and led, and his connections to the U.S. Capitol. Today, one cannot walk far in the Capitol Building without seeing a likeness or other connection to America’s 16th President and the tumultuous period he served in Congress and the White House.  More »
The aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) in bloom at the National Garden
October 25, 2012
It’s fall in the Mid-Atlantic and brisk, sunny days provide opportunities for wonderful walks outdoors. Fall brings fabulous color to the U.S. Botanic Garden, so while you’re out enjoying the season, make sure to take the time to strop by and see what's in bloom. More »

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