At the U.S. Botanic Garden, we are committed to creating and offering extraordinary exhibits that delight, educate and inspire the public to become more active stewards of the plants that support life on earth.

Seasonal Exhibits

Season's Greenings
November 22, 2012 through January 1, 2013

Get into the holiday spirit at the U.S. Botanic Garden's annual holiday exhibit, Season's Greenings. The Conservatory will be adorned with wreaths, garlands, living ornaments and filled with model trains, buildings made from plant materials and a vast collection of poinsettias to celebrate the wonder of the winter holiday season.

The famous Garden Railway in the East Gallery will feature model trains running through an imaginative Enchanted Forest, with fanciful fairy dwellings along the rail line, all created with plant materials. Enjoy blooming plants throughout the Conservatory and a living history of poinsettias. The West Gallery will house one of the largest indoor decorated trees in Washington, D.C., and the Garden Court will be home to a display of model landmark buildings from our Nation's capital, all made from plant materials.

We can help plan your holiday visit. Inspired by what you've seen in Season's Greenings? Please find our instructions to make your own living ornament and to create a fairy garden.



Miniature USBG Conservatory during Season's Greenings
The Conservatory is just one of the remarkable representations on display. These buildings are crafted from more than 70 different kinds of plant materials.

Fantasy soars in the young and young at heart with our model trains, as they chug along more than 800 feet of track through our Enchanted Forest.

Poinsettias abound in the Conservatory with many different varieties featured. Spectacular colors range from classic reds to pink, speckled and white.


Evenings in the Conservatory are magical! We feature live seasonal music during our extended viewing hours on most Tuesdays and Thursdays in December until 8 p.m.


Tuesday, December 4 6 p.m. 40 Thieves, Irish rock
Thursday, December 6 6:30 p.m. The Capital Hearings, a cappella
Tuesday, December 11 6 p.m. Project Natale, jazz
Thursday, December 13 6 p.m. Lox & Vodka, Klezmer
Tuesday, December 18 6 p.m. Buskers, barbershop quartet
Thursday, December 20 6 p.m. Capital Accord Chorus, choral
Thursday, December 27 6 p.m. Samovar, Russian folk


The U.S. Botanic Garden is a great place to celebrate the holidays. See some of the behind-the-scenes activities from the year-long preparation for our holiday exhibit, Season's Greenings.



Video with subtitles.