American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C. June 17-21, 2019

Capitol Hill Horticulture: A Walking Tour of the National Gallery of Art Grounds and the United States Capitol Grounds and Arboretum
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Friday, June 21, 2019 - 11:40am to 5:00pm
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, U.S. Capitol Grounds and Arboretum
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Begin an enchanting afternoon with lunch at the Pavilion Café located in the National Gallery of Art (NGA) Sculpture Garden. At the conclusion of lunch, NGA horticulture staff will lead a walking tour of the six-acre garden. Enjoy viewing twentieth-century sculpture and hundreds of varieties of plants, the iconic West Building, and the I.M. Pei designed East Building. Learn about the growth of horticulture at NGA facilities and the wide ranging duties and challenges related to horticulture at such a highly visited site.

After exploring the NGA grounds, walk to the United States Capitol Grounds and Arboretum. Once there, explore Fredrick Law Olmsted’s landscape design for the nation’s capital. Led by experts from the Architect of the Capitol’s Capitol Grounds and Arboretum, the tour will include highlights of the historic landscape and infrastructure across Capitol Hill, including more than 4,000 trees that comprise the campus’ urban forest. Learn about the historic and modern horticultural approaches to managing the culturally significant landscape while walking the perimeter of the U.S. Capitol Building. Explore the fifty-eight acres of Capitol Square, including more than one-hundred varieties of trees and shrubs many with historic, memorial, or commemorative associations.

Lunch is generously provided by National Gallery of Art. 

Please Note: Comfortable walking shoes and sun protection are highly recommended.

IMPORTANT: This tour will eventually end up at Brookside Gardens. It will not be returning to the conference hotel.

Departure: Tours depart outside the Blue Room Prefunction on the East side of the conference hotel. Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to departure time.

Additionally, the Association will not be able to accommodate participants driving their own vehicles to/from offsite locations.