Season’s Greenings, Featuriung a Big Holiday Train Display

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Season’s Greenings, the United States Botanic Gardens’ annual holiday celebration, is a must-visit. Even better, it’s free!

In addition to all you can see garden-wide, their outdoor holiday display features a larger-than-life model train display with actual, running trains. Each will traverse through hand-crafted agricultural scenes — all made from natural plant parts! From a Florida orange grove and Massachusetts cranberry bog to an olive grove in Spain, you’ll find plenty of hidden treasures.

See it daily, 10 am-5 pm, from November 23, 2023-January 1, 2024. Tickets aren’t required, however, inclement weather and special events might impact availability.


Nov 23, 2023-Jan 1, 2024

United States Botanic Garden • Wash, DC (Map)

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Get to know the United States Botanic Gardens! 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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