Season’s Greenings Train Display at the US Botanic Garden


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Beginning November 28 until January 5, 2020, enjoy a model train show as pint-sized locomotives travel around, above, below, and through plant-based re-creations of iconic botanical gardens from across the United States!

At the Season’s Greenings train display at the US Botanic Garden, explore iconic gardens like Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s vibrant red Japanese torli gate, Huntsville Botanical Gardens featuring NASA space nodes and rockets, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ flamingo topiaries, and more!

Plus, the Botanical Garden’s collection of DC landmarks made from plant materials will also return to fill the Garden Court, while the West Gallery will feature a decorated tree with its own model train. And, in an annual tradition, thousands of blooms will be on display throughout, including a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties.

The Conservatory is open every day of the year, from 10 am to 5 pm, free of charge. The best times to visit Season’s Greenings are weekdays early in December. On select Tuesday and Thursday evenings in December, the Conservatory is open until 8 pm. with live seasonal music.

What: Season’s Greenings
When: Nov 28-Jan 5, 2020; find the time(s) here
Where: United States Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20024
Event Details: Find them here

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!

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