U. S. Botanic Garden’s “Season’s Greenings” Features Trains, D.C. Landmarks Made of Natural Materials, and Tropical Plants
By Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Independent architectural histor'n)
U. S. Botanic Garden’s “Season’s Greenings” Features Trains, D.C. Landmarks Made of Natural Materials, and Christmas Trees A visit last week to the United States Botanic Garden conservatory right below the Capitol Building was a delightful holiday experience. I wondered why we were going in the entrance marked “Trains.” But then it became obvious--there were 800 feet of Garden Railway tracks running through the exhibit created by Paul Busse and his firm, Applied Imagination of Alexandria, Kentucky. The Capitol dome is made out of dried plant materials which took more than 600 hours to turn into the finished product. And below are the homes of Presidents Adams, Jefferson, and Clinton. The conservatory was studded with fantastical creations (all of natural materials) like spiders, l...