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At the cornerstone laying, Senator Simeon C. Fess, Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library, holds the trowel. The other gentlemen present are, from left to right: Horace D. Rouzer, Assistant Architect of the Capitol; George W. Hess, Director of the Botanic Garden; Eugene Pugh of the George A. ; and David Lynn, Architect of the Capitol. 36 A Botanic Garden for the Nation The United States Botanic Garden (opposite) (ab ove) Botanic Garden interior, ca. 1940, by Theodor Horydczak. Botanic Garden, ca.
S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), it was added to the endangered plants collection. The Garden is working with FWS and a commercial grower to produce marketable quantities of this orchid for sale and distribution to other public gardens. Cultivating endangered plants and placing them on the market can reduce demand and remove the incentive for collecting them from the wild. S. Botanic Garden since the 1850s, when Congress first appropriated funds for its construction. As the Botanic Garden grew in the shadow of the Capitol, more greenhouses were added to accommodate the expanding collections.
Its computerized environmental controls provide the flexibility to grow a wide variety of plants for public display and to landscape Capitol Hill. (opposite) (ab ove) Venus’ flytrap seedlings (Dionaea muscipula). Amorphophallus odoratus. Venus’ flytrap seedlings flourish at the Production Facility in preparation for summer display in the Southern Exposure garden. C. Architect of the Capitol 45 46 A Botanic Garden for the Nation (ab ove lef t) (ab ove right and opposite) Cameron Elm (Ulmus americana).