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The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden, Day 1

Every so often I get invitations to media preview events, but they’re usually from power equipment companies…..and I don’t really feel motivated to drive down to New York City to drive a lawn tractor across a convention center floor….. But last week I got one that was super tempting–an invite to see the New York Botanical Garden‘s annual Holiday Train Show. This event has been going on for twenty-three years, and I’ve always heard such amazing things about it, so I used you guys as an excuse to play a little hookie and drive down to the Bronx!
According to NYBG, “The Holiday Train Show showcases replicas of New York landmarks, artistically crafted of natural materials such as bark, twigs, stems, fruits, seeds, and pine cones by designer Paul Busse’s team at Applied Imagination.” All I can say is that it was COOL! (I’m such a detached journalist, aren’t I? HA! Not.) That they made all of these gorgeous structures from plant materials boggles the mind, and the garden settings they created for them in the conservatory are more than wonderful. I’m going to have to step up my game in Kaia’s fairy garden, for sure!
Check out NYBG’s website for more info about the show, which opens this Saturday the 15th and runs through Sunday, January 19th. For those of you who can’t make the trek to NYC, we’ll spend the next two days seeing some of the sights in botanical form, along with some photos of the corresponding real-life buildings. Today we’ll start with some overall scenes of the the minature landscape and a few individual buildings, and tomorrow I’ll focus on even more specific buildings. Enjoy!

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Apollo Theater
Apollo Theater

Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge
Chrysler Building
Chrysler Building

NY City Hall
NY City Hall
Flatiron Building
Flatiron Building

Frick Collection
Frick Collection
Gothic Arch, Central Park
Gothic Arch, Central Park

Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal

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  1. Nurserynotnordstroms 11/13/2014

    Wow I bet it was really great in person. It took a lot of work to put this display together. Sounds like you had a good time Michelle

  2. perenniallycrazy 11/13/2014

    This is so amazing Michelle! Wish I could visit.

  3. VikkiVA 11/13/2014

    Totally impressed! Thank you for sharing. Vikki in VA

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  5. Ginnyde 11/13/2014

    Nice pictures. Went last year and couldn't believe it. There was so much to see. Worth the trip, but give yourself lots of time to view.

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    meander_michaele 11/13/2014

    How magical and marvelous...definitely evokes "oohs and ahhhs" just looking at the pictures. I can only imagine what it would be like to see these wondrous creations tucked so charmingly amonst beautiful plant material...lucky you! I'm thinking from how you wrote your comments that Kaia wasn't along with you for this visit...Will you be going back with her and your your husband? I made a quick trip over to the Applied Imagination website...what an interesting business that they get to do projects like this all over the country.

    1. MichelleGervais 11/13/2014

      Unfortunately Kai wasn't with me. She wanted to go, but I didn't want to pull her out of school. Mean mommy! ;-)

  7. NCYarden 11/13/2014

    Impressive! Really creative. Love the use of the natural materials. And so well done. I bet it was fun to work on as well.
    Would love to see it in person. Thanks for providing a look at this "little" marvel.

  8. greengenes 11/13/2014

    I love the big greenhouse its in! The replicated buildings are quite the work of art and the plants...well I loved them all! Someday we will be over that way to see the sites. Thanks for the peak into the show! Beautifully done!

  9. annek 11/13/2014

    Your photos transport one into a magical land. And to realize it's based on reality! Great job showing the connection, Michelle.

  10. GrannyMay 11/13/2014

    What a wonderful show of landmarks in miniature, especially since they are made with natural materials. Thanks Michelle!

  11. sheila_schultz 11/13/2014

    How utterly cool... these photos are definitely getting me in the holiday frame of mind! Selfishly, I'm thrilled you went to NYC!

  12. thevioletfern 11/13/2014

    I am not usually into little villages and trains and such but this is absolutely incredible! work of botanical art. Thanks for sharing this work of botanical art with us.

  13. user-7007140 11/13/2014

    And I have trouble making a dollhouse! Shame on me. Marvellous photos Michelle. Thank you.

  14. Meelianthus 11/14/2014

    Thank you for sharing these incredible works of art Michelle and the authentic building pics of NY landmarks is a fun comparison. The Conservatory must be huge, what fun for you to see.

  15. foxglove12 11/15/2014

    Wow so fun and festive.

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