Big Holiday Train Display

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Season’s Greenings, the United States Botanic Gardens’ seasonal opportunity, is a top-rated holiday destination!

In addition to all you can see garden-wide, their outdoor holiday display will feature a big model train display with trains running daily 10 am-5 pm, November 24, 2022-January 2, 2023.

The trains will run through a display of agricultural scenes from across the United States and around the world, all made from plant parts:

• Orange Grove (FL)
• Cranberry Bog (MA)
• Terrace Farming & Rice/Lentils (Nepal)
• Hillside Vineyard (Australia)
• Indoor Vertical Farming (Finland)
• Coffee-Banana-Sweet Potato Cropping System (Uganda)
• Sorghum-Millet-Cowpea Cropping System (Mali)
• Olive Grove (Spain)
• Potato Farm & Machu Picchu (Peru)
• Onion Farm (Mexico)
• Rooftop Urban Farm (IL)
• Artichoke Farm (CA)
• Wheat & Corn Farm (KS)

Tickets are not required to view the trains or any part of the USBG’s outdoor holiday display; however, availability might be impacted by inclement weather and special events, including:

Dec 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2022
Open until 8 pm

Dec 11 & 18, 2022
The outdoor gardens open at 10 am to accommodate sensory-friendly programming.

Located on the National Mall, minutes from the US Capitol, the United States Botanic Garden is a family-friendly museum steeped in history! As one of the oldest Botanic Gardens in the US (established by Congress in 1820), this landmark emphasizes the crucial role plants play in the ecosystem. Visitors can explore living exhibits, including 12,000 accessions, which equates to about 65,000 plants! While there, be sure to ask about the Wilkes plants, too (read below)!

In 1838, Lieutenant Charles Wilkes set out on the United States Exploring Expedition commissioned by Congress to circumnavigate the globe and explore the Pacific Ocean. Between 1838 and 1842, the expedition traveled 87,000 miles and collected a large assortment of horticultural and botanical specimens. These formed the nucleus of the present-day garden. Even now, there are four plants in the garden that are believed to be directly related to the original Wilkes expedition!


Nov 24, 2022-Jan 2, 2023

United States Botanic Garden • Wash, DC (Map)

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