U.S. Botanic Garden Christmas Display: Washington, D.C.

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    Season's Greenings: National Parks and Historic Places

    White House
    Rachel Cooper

    During the holiday season, the U.S. Botanic Garden presents Season’s Greenings, a unique exhibit featuring model trains and incredible replicas of Washington, D.C.'s most famous buildings and monuments. Each year there is a new theme with additional models. For 2018, the theme is All Aboard! Explore classic railroad attractions like New York City's Grand Central Terminal, St. Louis' Union Station, and 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 22, 2018 through January 1, 2019
    Location: U.S. Botanic Garden, next to the U.S. Capitol at First St., NW. Washington, D.C.

    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 holiday season. During these evenings there will be musical performances from 6 to 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

    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

    Rachel Cooper
    Rachel Cooper

    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 2018 model train show, the trains will chug around, below, through, and above plant-based recreations of iconic railroad attractions like New York City's Grand Central Terminal, St. Louis' Union Station, and more.

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    Supreme Court

    Supreme Court
    Rachel Cooper

    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

    U.S. Capitol
    Rachel Cooper

    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

    NMAI
    USBG

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

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    Washington Monument

    Washington Monument
    Rachel Cooper

    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

    Jefferson Memorial
    Rachel Cooper

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

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    Library of Congress

    Library of Congress
    Rachel Cooper

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

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    Lincoln Memorial

    Lincoln Memorial
    Rachel Cooper

    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

    There's even a model of the U.S. Botanic Garden itself!