Garden classroom, Washington, D.C.

Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., October 2014, enclos*ure
In October, during our trip to the U.S., I poked fun at a Bradford pear tree (happily?) missing from the grounds of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) building on the National Mall.

But I did like all the other American specimen trees there — and the demonstration vegetable and flower garden on the corner of 12th Street and Jefferson Drive, S.W., (across from the Smithsonian Metro stop).

Outdoor classroom, USDA

I particularly liked the seating in what appeared to be an outdoor classroom.

Outdoor classroom, Oct. 2014, USDA

Earlier this year, an interesting 15-year plan was announced to turn all the green space (and parking lots) surrounding the USDA building into a “People’s Garden,” focusing on sustainable cultivation. You can read more about it here.