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U. S. Botanic Garden
Models of historical buildings and monuments on the National Mall including the Capitol are in the permanent collection of the U. S. Botanic Garden. Designer and landscape architect Paul Busse creates his models by studying architectural drawings and photographs of each building. Acrylic-based foam is used to construct the frame. Casting resin is poured into the window cutouts, and wall surfaces are finished with sand-based grout. Architectural details are created with dried plant materials. The number of hours needed to construct each building depends on its complexity. It took more than 600 hours to create the U. S. Capitol pictured here. There are 13 miniature landmark buildings included in the garden court collection at the Botanic Garden.

The United States Botanic Garden is located near the Capitol on the East side. It is rooted in the country’s heritage. During the late 18th century George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison shared a dream of having a national botanic garden and were instrumental in establishing one on the National Mall in 1820. The Botanic Garden has been in continuous operation and open to the public since 1850.

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