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Season's Greenings: National Parks and Historic Places
November 24, 2016 - Monday, January 2, 2017
Immerse yourself in the sights, smells, and sounds of the season in our annual holiday show Season's Greenings. See thousands of blooms throughout the Conservatory from exotic orchids to a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties. Throughout the Conservatory, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, including displaying one of the largest indoor trees decked out with ornaments from national parks. In this year's model train show, the trains will chug around, below, through, and above plant-based recreations of more than 50 iconic national parks and historic places. See the Grand Canyon, Old Faithful Inn and Geyser, the Gateway Arch, Mount Vernon, Mount Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, and many more. Our collection of D.C. landmarks, all made from natural materials, will return to fill the Garden Court. Join us as we celebrate the holidays and America's natural and cultural treasures.
Building Guide - Materials and History
This year's holiday show features models representing more than 50 national parks and historic sites -- all made from plants and natural materials! Explore this guide to see all of the buildings, monuments, parks, and models; all the plants used to make them; and some history about each one!
- Click here to open and download the PDF file >
- See the building materials for our DC landmarks (U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial...)
Map of all National Parks and Historic Sites models in the show
List of all National Parks and Historic Site models in the show
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