If you need a reason to leave your brand-new apartments in DC and venture out into the cold, consider a visit to Season’s Greenings: America’s Gardens! This seasonal exhibit has returned to the U.S. Botanic Garden, bringing with it festive botanic displays, live music, and plenty of holiday cheer.
The exhibit features two entrances for easy access to its seasonal displays. The first is the Model Train entrance, where visitors can view trains, as well as spectacular plant recreations of conservatories, fountains, and sculptures. The exhibit is undergoing renovations, thus there won’t be trains surrounding the main trees. In the second entrance, the Conservatory, visitors will find a seasonal display of plants boasting 30,000-plus poinsettias, some of which have yet to appear on the market. The Garden Court houses the two largest indoor trees decorated to suit the holiday spirit. Twenty-nine famous railroad stations, modeled from across the U.S., will be stationed in the West Gallery, such as Pennsylvania’s Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad, Chattanooga Train Shed in Tennessee, and Utah’s Salt Lake City Pacific Depot.
Season’s Greenings: America’s Gardens is on display through Jan. 5. The exhibit is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Live seasonal music – free of charge – will have the Conservatory open on select days until 8 p.m.