WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new exhibit that will tickle visitors' taste buds has been added this year at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.
The Ornamental Edibles exhibit in the arboretum's National Herb Garden will demonstrate ways that home gardeners can incorporate vegetable plants into their landscape gardens. Visitors to the herb garden can experience plants through sight, smell, touch and taste. The designed herb garden includes annual, perennial and woody herbal plants.
The exhibit is being used to promote healthy eating and contribute to the USDA initiative encouraging Americans to eat locally produced food. The exhibit is managed by arboretum horticulturist Chrissy Moore and technician Jeanette Proudfoot. The arboretum is administered by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA's principal intramural scientific research agency.
The arboretum's exhibit will feature vegetables appropriate for the current season while also highlighting ARS research. For example, visitors to the arboretum this summer can see ARS-developed, nematode-resistant peppers arranged with tomatoes, eggplants, gourds and beans.
FALLS CHURCH, Va.- Irrigation Association volunteers spent a day maintaining and improving irrigation systems in Arlington National Cemetery as part of PLANET’s annual Renewal and Remembrance event.
“Our country has given us so much, and this is one small way we can give back,” said IA treasurer Bob Dobson of Middletown Sprinkler Company (Port Monmouth, N.J.), who coordinated IA’s volunteers and projects.
Many irrigation contractors have volunteered in years past, often bringing their families and associates to help.
Continuing last year’s work, IA teams worked to upgrade the irrigation system at the columbaria, auditing the system and improving irrigation efficiency. New irrigation was also installed beside the receiving vault, an area adjacent to the Memorial Rose Garden that serves as a staging area for caisson burials.