Today’s adventure takes us to see the holiday exhibits at the US Botanic Gardens located at 1000 Maryland Ave Sw, Washington DC. The US Botanic Gardens has three holiday exhibits on display until January 2, 2017; DC Monuments in The Garden Court, East Gallery model trains, and the Douglass fir in the West Gallery with Percy riding around it. In the garden court they have replicas of the monuments from the National Mall made with dried plants (pine cone scales, willows, screw pods, grapevine tendrils, and acorn caps). These replicas are amazing to see.
C.A.B. and I are always excited to see the model trains and what theme they will have; they change the theme every year. This year is National Parks and Historic Places; we explored the Grand Canyon, Old Faithful Inn, the Gateway Arch, Mount Vernon, and the Statue of Liberty to name a few. They have model trains and also Thomas the train riding through the natl theme and over bridges. They have a kid size tunnel with port holes displaying different scenes such as a replica Wawona tree with a car driving through it and Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue ox. They even have a ladybug railroad car on the railroad tracks.
The West Gallery has a huge decorated Douglass fir with Percy riding around it. I made the mistake of saying it was Thomas lol. There is also a large wooden train that is perfect for photo ops. Also, there are benches for you to take a rest and enjoy the tree. Live Seasonal music will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm for your enjoyment.
The US Botanic Gardens is one of C.A.B’s and I favorite spots to visit during the holidays. He loves to see the train exhibit and then we go to see the Christmas tree at the Capitol. I recommend going either late or early because the lines tend to get long closer to Christmas. We went earlier this week around 3:45 and had to wait in line about 15 minutes to get into the exhibit; thankfully we were inside.