Scenes from Season’s Greenings at the U.S. Botanic Garden

I am trying to bring regular blogging back to my life so that means instead of an one-liner in my “catch ups” posts, I will be writing more, in details, about our weekend excursions, along with my personal tips for your own visit. Ready? Go!

Over the Thanksgiving break, we visited one of DC’s most popular holiday attractions – US Botanic Garden Season’s Greetings.
The last time I remember visiting the U.S. Botanic Garden during the holiday season was when Will was a newborn, strapped in the Baby Bjorn. So basically, a long time ago and we were overdue for another visit. This time, I also really wanted to finally see the model trains (a seasonal special exhibit), not just the Conservatory like we have done in the past.

We picked the Saturday after Thanksgiving for this trip and got there about 15 minutes before opening. Already there was a line, but had we went any later, it would have been much worse. Luckily, it was a mild day to wait outside.

So, as I mentioned, this was my first year seeing the model train exhibit! The theme is different from year to year, and this year’s Roadside Attractions theme takes you on a trip around the U.S. as miniature trains chug around mini replicas of iconic wacky sights located across the country. It was really neat! I didn't recognize many of them though, only popular ones like Mount Rushmore, Santa Monica Pier, "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" Sign and Niagara Falls, NY.
All these structures are entirely made from planets and natural materials!
After existing the model train exhibit, you enter the rest of the Conservatory, which features Washington landmarks (again, all constructed from plant materials) and two of the largest indoor decorated trees in D.C. It was very, very festive!
We spent about 45 minutes at the garden and I lost track of how many time people stopped us to ooh and aah over Mango :)
Overall, we had a great visit!

Tips For Your Own Visit:
1. As with almost everything, go early. Try to go during the week, but if inconveniences like school and work get in the way, GO EARLY on the weekend.
2. Actually, there are two entrances -- Model Train Entrance and Conservatory Entrance. If you don't care about seeing the model trains, you can enter using the Conservatory Entrance, which I don't believe is ever a line.
3. To make your trip more worthwhile, you can combine it with seeing the National Christmas Tree near the White House. We didn't because the tree wasn't available for viewing yet. Instead, we walked around the Mall and the U.S. Capitol.
4. We parked right outside of the Botanic Garden and even though it says "Permit Only", we have always been okay parking there on the weekend.


  1. Never been a big fan of this place and this trip didn't change that opinion one bit. I guess it is a nice warm place to stop by to get out of the cold in DC.


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