Saturday, December 03, 2016
US Botanic Garden: A Washington Holiday Tradition
Each year the US Botanic Garden puts on a holiday exhibit featuring models of local landmarks made from plant materials and model trains. This year's exhibit is Season's Greenings and it is in recognition of the National Park Services' 100th anniversary. Models of landmarks from parks throughout the country are on display. Above is a plant-based replica of Mt. Rushmore. For the train lovers, model trains include Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends Toby and James.
When our family went on the day after Thanksgiving the line to enter exhibit was long. And you must enter the exhibit from its own entrance to the building. There's no admittance for those visitors who enter through the Garden's main entrance. If we were to visit again, I'd go on a regular weekday in an attempt to avoid crowds.
Some of the many models that we saw were the US Capitol, the Supreme Court, and Martin Luther King's birthplace, all made from plant materials. My favorite train was super fast and fashioned after a lady bug.
US Botanic Gardens
Through January 2, 2017
100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001
Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm
Admission is free