Season’s Greenings, the holiday exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden, is a seasonal favorite for many of us in the DC area. Watching the model trains zip through the beautifully crafted display is a treat for all ages. Our family visited on the opening day, and we were all mesmerized by the mini-locomotives. This year’s display is whimsical and worldly with famous landmarks from around the globe as centerpieces along Thomas the Tank and other model train’s routes.
While the trains are a huge attraction, they aren’t the only holiday spectacle to enjoy at the USBG. Their annual exhibit of Washington landmarks constructed completely from plant materials sprawls through the airy conservatory, with poinsettias and other holiday plants creating festive a atmosphere alongside the fountains and sitting areas.
Perhaps one of the best ways to enjoy it all is during one of the many concerts during the season. On most Tuesdays and Thursdays from now until December 30, the Botanic Garden has extended hours and features live performances from 6 – 8pm. Tonight, guests can enjoy the a Capella sounds of Downtown Quartet. It’s the second show of the season, and there are six more to come. It’s a lovely mid-week family activity, and even better, it’s free! You can check out the schedule of performances on the USBG website.
The U.S. Botanic Garden is located at 100 Maryland Avenue SW. The nearest Metro Station is Federal Ce