on December 2, 2007
The National Botanic Garden's holiday display becomes obvious as you approach the building. Outside they have the Starlight Express train display. It is a beautiful wooden mountainous display with bridges connecting the mountains and train tracks running through and around the mountains and bridges. There are many different trains on the tracks to watch. This display is made from different plants including waste wood. This is a hit with the kids and I saw several parents having a hard time getting the kids to go inside to see the other part of the holiday display here.The inside part of the holiday display at the Botanic Gardens is the A Midnight Clear exhibit. This exhibit includes a tree with a train going around it. Under the tree are replica Capitol Hill Residences made out of all natural sources. The plants including in these buildings include walnut shells and lotus pods.Inside there are also replicas of D.C. landmarks and buildings including the Washington Monument, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, and Ford's Theater. The highlight of these replicas made from natural sources is the Capitol building.The Capitol Building is the largest building and is made of many different plants. This includes acorns in the dome, corn husks in the Statue of Freedom, horse chestnut in the steps, willow branches in the columns, basket cane in the architectural details, and pear bods in the windows.Also, do not forget to look up and enjoy the snowflakes. They have several large blue and white ones hanging from the ceiling and the sad thing is that I do not think very many people there when I was enjoying the display even noticed they were there.The closest Metro is the Federal Triangle stop. This display is open until January 6, 2008, for the 2007 holiday season. There are special hours until 8pm at the Botanic gardens to enjoy the holiday display on December 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, and 27. All of those evening except the 4th are also evening with live musical performances.
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