Holidays at The US Botanical Gardens
I thoroughly enjoy how DC transforms itself over the holidays. Wreaths on all the lamp posts, giant Douglas Firs with twinkling lights its a dream. Making the chilly December air a little warmer.
Every winter the US Botanical Gardens holds a delightful Holiday exhibit where they bring out wooden sculptures of important DC architectural buildings and famous United States landmarks. Each sculpture built to scale and designed with intricate detail. It's a real treat! This year's theme was trains! So naturally trains ran around the exhibit circling the room hitting each land mark. Such fun!
I happened to have an off afternoon a real treat for myself and popped in for a visit. I spent around three hours marveling at all the wooden sculptures. So I must warn you now this is a rather picture heavy post!
One of my favorite parts of the exhibit is how they placed all the sculptures. Everything was placed how it would be in real life. The Washington Monument on one end of the atrium or reflecting pool and the Lincoln on the other.
I recommend layering for this trip, the gardens have many different rooms each set for a different temperature for the given plants. This room was quite tropical with cocoa trees growing in the perimeter.
The main building held exclusively buildings in DC. My favorite was the US Capitol, it was the grandest of building just how it is in real life. Which I loved because it allowed me to inspect all the details up close. Second favorite was the Library of Congress, my absolute favorite building in DC.
The two wings held sculptures from all over the United States, complete with trains galore. This was the biggest hit of the whole garden and a favorite amoungst the little ones who probably spent hours chasing the trains. It was too cute!
Homes of famous Americans throughout history! How cool! I loved how they built tracks in front of and above all the sculptures. I won't lie Thomas the toy engine was a favorite of mine growing up! I was happy to see, the love has continued for this generations kiddos too!
Some famous landmarks too! I loved how they placed the Statute of Liberty right in front, so she greeted everyone as they walked into the wing. Just like how she does for all the people who moved to the US by boat so many years ago.
And even a nod to Native Americans! As we moved through the west! Some Great Plain and Southwest tribal homes. A nice way to recognizie the original Americans.
This was such a fun trip! And the exhibit will be up throughout the holidays, so if you're in the city and itching to leave the house this is definitely a fun and free trip! I also toured through the rest of the gardens, but that post will come another day!