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Historical Veggies Take Root In D.C. War Garden

To commemorate 100 years since the U.S. entered WWI, the gardens outside the Library of Congress have been transformed into a traditional war garden — producing heirloom vegetables of the past.

Rob Gimpel tends to the war garden at the Library of Congress. Source: Flickr/U.S. Capitol

Rob Gimpel is usually thinking about getting tulip bulbs in the ground this time of year, but right now he's ready to harvest pumpkins.

It's an unusual activity for Gimpel, the lead gardener of the areas around the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., but one that he's been thoroughly enjoying as part of this year's War Garden project. The project commemorates the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I in 1917 — when such veggie plots

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