U.S. Botanic Garden Christmas Display: Washington, DC

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    Season's Greenings: National Parks and Historic Places

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    ••• The White House. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licenced to About.com, Inc.

    During the holiday season, the U.S. Botanic Garden presents "Season’s Greenings", a unique exhibit featuring model trains and incredible replicas of Washington, DC's most famous buildings and monuments. Each year there is a new theme with additional models. For 2017, the theme is Roadside Attractions. Explore classic attractions like Texas’ Cadillac Ranch, Colorado’s hot-dog-shaped Coney Island Hot Dog Stand, South Dakota’s Corn Palace, New Jersey’s Lucy the Elephant, and many more. The exhibit is truly amazing with all of the buildings made of real plant materials! Adults and children will be fascinated by this special Christmas-time treat in the nation's capital.

    Dates: November 23, 2017 through January 1, 2018
    Location: U.S. Botanic Garden, next to the U.S. Capitol at First St., NW. Washington, DC.

    Season's Greenings and the Botanic Garden are open 10 a.m to 5 p.m. daily. The Conservatory will be open until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in December for the...MORE holiday season. During these evenings there will be musical performances from 6 - 8 p.m.

    See the following photos and get a glimpse of the Botanic Garden Christmas display.

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    Smithsonian Castle

    ••• Smithsonian Castle. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    At the Botanic Garden's Christmas display, "Season’s Greenings", sycamore leaves were used to create the roof shingles of the Smithsonian Castle. What a spectacular creation?

    On display are 12 D.C. landmarks including the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, with a new addition this year, an inspired botanical version of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. A showcase of more than 30 varieties of poinsettias will feature heirlooms, classics, and multiple newly developed varieties.

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    Christmas Tree and Train

    ••• Christmas Tree and Train. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc

    The "Season’s Greenings" Christmas display at the Botanic Gardens includes a variety of trains, a Santa's Village, a Castle Mountain and much more. In the 2017 model train show, the trains will chug around, below, through, and above plant-based recreations of iconic roadside attractions like Texas’ Cadillac Ranch, Colorado’s hot-dog-shaped Coney Island Hot Dog Stand, South Dakota’s Corn Palace, New Jersey’s Lucy the Elephant, and many more. 

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    Supreme Court

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    The unique building replicas were constructed by a designer and landscape architect who studied architectural drawings and photographs and created them out of acrylic foam boards adding dried plant materials.
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    U.S. Capitol

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    ••• U.S. Capitol. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    The "Season’s Greenings" Christmas display at the U.S. Botanic Garden includes an amazing replica of the U.S. Capitol Building.
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    National Museum of the American Indian

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    The National Museum of the American Indian is made of cork and shell fungus.
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    Washington Monument

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    The replica of the Washington Monument is strategically placed across a fountain from the Lincoln Memorial, similar to its real location on the reflecting pool on the Mall.
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    Jefferson Memorial

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    The dome of the replica of the Jefferson Memorial is made from a dried gourd.
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    Library of Congress

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    The Botanic Garden Christmas exhibit is truly amazing with all of the buildings made of real plant materials!
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    Lincoln Memorial

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    If you look inside the Lincoln Memorial, you'll even see a statue of Abraham Lincoln.
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    Teddy Bear Factory

    ••• Teddy Bear Factory. © USBG
    The U.S. Botanic Garden celebrates the holiday season with a magical display of one of a kind creations.
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    Botanic Garden

    ••• Botanic Garden. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    There's even a model of the U.S. Botanic Garden itself!