U.S. Botanic Garden’s Sustainable Gardening Showcase is SITES-Certified

Photo credit: U.S. Botanic Garden Hey, remember the Sustainable Sites Initiative? It’s the project of the U.S. Botanic Garden, the Lady Bird Johnson Center and the American Society of Landscape Architects that created the landscape equivalent of LEED certification for sustainability. Well, some happy news here in D.C. (and I can read your cynical minds at this very notion) is that the newly renovated Bartholdi Park at the U.S. Botanic Garden recently won SITES Gold certification – the first public garden in the U.S. to do so and the first in D.C. of any kind. Now I’ll confess my doubts about the renovation. Bartholdi Park has been a favorite of mine for decades! It’s at the base of the House of Representatives office buildings and when I worked there I escaped to this spot as often as possible, as did so many Hill staffers. (Insert snarky thoughts about Hill staffers here.) And the kind of garden it was? The kind designed 80 years go as a place for humans to sit in, relax, have lunc..
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