I adore botanic gardens and conservatories, and my very favorite time to visit is in the winter. There is nothing like stepping out of a cold, snowy day into a tropical paradise under glass. And while I’m not a big holiday person a lot of the time, I also love the plant-centric holiday displays many botanic gardens and conservatories put together this time of the year. Today I’m sharing some shots from the holiday display at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C.
Late November in Washington, D.C., isn’t too cold, but the gardens outside are looking wintery and brown. Time to hurry inside and get a big dose of green, warm plants.
Inside, the tall tropical plantings surround—of course—masses of poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima). This winter-flowering shrub from Mexico has become synonymous with the holiday season thanks to aggressive marketing campaigns and some horticultural breakthroughs in the 1960s and ’70s. Want to learn more about these classic holiday plants? Check out this article, and if you are worried because you’ve heard they are toxic, there is good news for you here.
My favorite part of the display was the replicas of D.C. landmarks made entirely out of natural plant materials.
I particularly loved this model of the Library of Congress. It is a beautiful building, and this detailed model is absolutely incredible!
A close-up of the Library of Congress model showing that all the details are crafted from natural plant materials—twigs, pinecones, acorn caps.
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