Holidays in Washington: Botanic Garden’s ‘Seasons Greenings’ exhibit opens Thursday

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The U.S. Botanic Garden's "Seasons Greenings" exhibit re-creates U.S. roadside attractions using plant materials. (photo courtesy of the U.S. Botanic Garden)

The U.S. Botanic Garden will open its annual holiday exhibit on Thanksgiving Day, re-creating more than 40 sightseeing standouts using only plants and natural materials, according to a news release.

“Season’s Greenings: Roadside Attractions” will feature a model train set that will pass through organic re-creations of tourist draws such as New Jersey’s Lucy the Elephant, Nebraska’s Corn Palace and Texas’ Cadillac Ranch.

The train will also pass over and around 12 local D.C. landmarks such as the U.S. Capitol building, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and a newly added plant-based National Museum of African American History and Culture, according to the release.

The exhibit itself and the rest of the garden will be decorated with seasonal plants for the holidays — including new varieties of poinsettia flowers — as well as wreaths, trees and holiday garlands.

The free exhibit will be open daily from Nov. 23 through Jan. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with after-dark viewing on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout December in conjunction with live performances of seasonal music. The Botanic Garden is located at 100 Maryland Ave. SW.