With school closed for the holidays, the kids at home and the in-laws in town, what is the perfect indoor activity for all of you to enjoy? Take a trip downtown to U.S. Botanic Garden. Their holiday exhibit, Season’s Greenings: Roadside Attractions, will open Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017, and run through January 1, 2018. This year, the holiday show will feature roadside attractions. Model trains will wind around plant-based recreations of iconic American sights such as Texas’ Cadillac Ranch, Colorado’s hot-dog-shaped Coney Island Hot Dog Stand, South Dakota’s Corn Palace, and New Jersey’s Lucy the Elephant. All of these will be made from plants and other natural materials.
Plus there will be the signature Washington DC landmarks made from plant materials including the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The U.S. Botanic Garden will be decorated for the season with wreaths, garlands, and more than 30 varieties of poinsettias — the perfect place for holiday family photos! The U.S. Botanic Garden is open to the public, free of charge, every day of the year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Tuesdays and Thursdays in December, the Conservatory will be open until 8 p.m. for live seasonal music concerts and after-dark holiday exhibit viewing.
The Conservatory is located at 100 Maryland Ave. SW, on the southwest side of the U.S. Capitol. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation. More information is available at www.USBG.gov/SeasonsGreenings