Friday, December 31, 2010

Holiday Train Show at NYBG

The annual Holiday Train show at the New York Botanical Garden is something I look forward to every year.  After a stunning walk through the conservatory (which I will post about separately), through the tropical rainforests and desert lands, I walked into the main exhibit room and into a whole other world. Before me were 140 New York City landmark buildings and structures, each constructed entirely of natural materials: nuts, tree bark, fruits, pine cones and leaves.

Model of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Every now and then I would see one of the G-scale model trains going along part of the half mile track in and around one of these buildings or over one of it's bridges.

It's truly amazing that each of these buildings are built entirely of natural materials. The detail on the architecture is incredible, especially knowing it's created from dried plant parts. This is the famous statue on top of Grand Central Terminal train station in New York City:

And this is the Guggenheim Museum:

Here are some of the other structures, each one beautifully surrounded by orchids, cyclamen, kalanchoe, ferns, mosses and other plants:
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Lyndhurst Castle


Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and more

And the new addition this year is the Trans World Airline (TWA) Flight Center at John F. Kennedy Airport. Complete with planes, runway and terminal building:


If you live in the area, you still have time to see the show. It runs through January 9th at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. For more information, you can check it out on their website. Also look for a link on that page which provides a "behind the scenes" glance at how they put it all together. It's fascinating and beautiful!


  1. What fun! I wish I were nearby as I love trains. Wishing you a Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing these great photos!

  2. I also thank you for showing, it's fascinating! Happy New Year and happy gardening!

  3. Looks like a fun day out! These buildings look like the work of Paul Busse. I saw his work at a Botanical Garden in Michigan and it was amazing!

  4. Beautiful~~~ would love to visit some day!


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