Christmas at the U.S. Botanic Garden

I don’t know about you, but I could use a little time a gardens right now. We recently headed downtown to soak in the lush greenness and check out the holiday displays at the U.S. Botanic Garden.

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I’d visited this place quite a few times, but the kids had never been, and they really enjoyed being able to explore the garden from different levels, getting a ground-level view,

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and then heading up on the catwalk for a different perspective,

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pink-flowers

 

and then back down again to look up.

looking-up

We had intended to see the model trains at the Seasons’ Greetings: National Parks and Historic Places exhibit, (trains, plants, and plant-based versions of more than 50 National Parks!) but the line, which requires a separate entrance, was quite long, and our resident three-year-old was having None of That.

Lucky for us, the exhibit was not confined to that one area, so we still saw plenty of interesting plant-based recreations of D.C. places, including the Washington Monument,

washington-monument

the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building,

smithsonian-castle

and the National Museum of the American Indian (which, in real life, is next door). The kids were especially impressed by the cocoa tree behind it.

museum-of-the-american-indian

Feeling meta? The U.S. Botanic Garden, inside the U.S. Botanic Garden.

botanic-garden-in-the-botanic-garden

There was even a Yellowstone Room complete with a train, so as far as our resident three-year-old was concerned he saw the train, and was quite happy.

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geyser

nps

henry-in-train

 

We are fortunate to live so close to Washington, D.C., where interesting places such as this are free.

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About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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