See Season Greetings at US Botanic Garden in Washington DC. Find out the best way to get there

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United State Botanic Garden at Christmas

Have you ever visited the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. during the Christmas season?  If you haven’t yet, I hope you do this year.  Because they have a wonderful holiday display your whole family will love!  This exhibit is called Season Greenings.

Season Greenings

Season Greenings is an exhibit that will be running from now until January 5, 2020.  You’ll be able to experience botanical gardens from all over America, from Hawaii to Maine, in this exhibit.  And it’s totally free!

You can see a great overview of the exhibit in the video we took from our visit last weekend:

The Model Train Room

Biltmore Gardens is represented at the US Botanic Garden Christmas exhibit in DC

The Cactus House in Arizona is represented in the train room at US Botanic Garden in Washington DC

The model train room is the most popular part of this exhibit.  This is typically the favorite part of the exhibit for children.  This is where G-scale model trains go through amazing recreations of structures made from over 70 different types of plants.


Here are the structures you’ll see represented in this exhibit:

  • Biltmore Conservatory & Biltmore House at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Bridge from the Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California
  • Cactus House from the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Canopy Cathedral Treehouse from Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
  • Carillon from Evening Island at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois
  • Climatron Conservatory at Missouri Botanica Garden in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Flat Garden at Portland Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon
  • Garden Pavilion at Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest in Clermont, Kentucky
  • Green Roof Houses from the Children’s Garden at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine
  • Hut from the Limahuli Garden at National Tropical Botanic Garden in Hanalei, Hawaii
  • Marshall Hall from the Marsh Botanical Garden in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Missile and Space Station Node from the Space Garden at Huntsville Botanical Garden in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Observation Tower from Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas
  • Pinecote Pavilion at The Crosby Arboretum in Picayune, Mississippi
  • Queen Anne Cottage at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California
  • Science Pyramid at Denver Botanic Gardens in Denver, Colorado
  • Singing Tower at Bok Tower Gardens at Lake Wales, Florida
  • Sunken Garden at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory at Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Topiary Flamingos at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, Ohio
  • Torii and Viewing Pavilion from the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden in Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tulip Tree House from the Enchanted Woods of Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Winterthur, Delaware
  • World’s Largest Concrete Garden Gnome from Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa

The Garden Court

See Washington DC monuments & landmarks in the Conservatory at United States Botanic Gardens

The conservatory at United States Botanic Gardens in Washington DC is full of replications of DC monuments during the Christmas exhibits

The Garden Court has structures made from plants, too.  The structures are of famous Washington, D.C. landmarks and monuments.  You can see structures like the White House, Smithsonian Castle, Supreme Court, Jefferson Memorial, etc.  There are also beautiful poinsettias on display.

The West Gallery

The West Gallery of the United States Botanic Garden features an impressive Christmas tree

The West Gallery has its own train.  It also has a beautifully decorated Christmas tree!

How to Get to the United State Botanic Garden

If you use the Metro, then get off at the Capitol South Station.  It’s not too long of a walk from there.

If you want to get even closer, then get a ticket to the Big Bus.  This is the easiest way to get around Washington, D.C. and see all the landmarks you want.  Then take the red line and get off at the U.S Capitol & Botanical Garden stop.  You’ll be even closer!