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Wayne’s Idaho Railroad

Creating a miniature landscape

miniature house surrounded by little white flowers

Wayne Decker is inviting us into his railroad garden in Chubbuck, Idaho. We’ve visited before (Wayne’s Garden Railroad), and now he’e sharing how thing are looking as spring turns into summer.

Here are my latest pictures for this year on my garden railroad. Things are starting to come back strong. My Irish moss lines the track, and my honeysuckle is a favorite with the hummingbirds. The goldfish enjoy the pond with the little stream that feeds it. Things should be in full bloom by the end of the month. 

tiny garden pond with mini trees and shrubsWayne has created a whole intricate landscape around the railroad.

tiny plants around an outside toy train trackThe small yellow-leaved sedum Angelina (Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’, Zones 5–8) looks almost like a tall shrub compared to the size of the railroad.

close up of this mini landscapeThis train-level view of the landscape shows how small shrubs, perennials, and rocks take on the form of hills and trees.

tall plants before bloomThe train goes past towering larkspurs (Consolida ajacis, annual) shooting up as they prepare to bloom.

purple and yellow flowers net to the trainViolas (Viola × wittrockiana, annual) bloom by the train station.

toy railroad crossing with flowersWouldn’t it be great if violas really towered over our cars?

miniature house surrounded by little white flowersBlooming sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum, Zones 4–8) surrounds a little house beside the railroad.

railroad lights covered in plantsFull-size lights engulfed in honeysuckle (Lonicera sp.) are about to burst into bloom.


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    treasuresmom 06/22/2022

    I suspect this is enjoyed by all ages!

    1. wadeck82 06/22/2022

      Thank you for the comment. We love when people come visit. Kids especially are fun to watch as they chase the train around the yard.

  2. user-7392754 06/22/2022

    Really cool!! I had to go back to the first article about your train garden and luckily got to see the train. What a fun theme to garden around!!!

    1. wadeck82 06/22/2022

      Thank you!!

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    simplesue 06/22/2022

    Such a nice hobby to combine gardening with the trains! Usually I've seen these indoors with plastic plants- you've taken it way beyond that!
    Every season gives it excitement- and the Irish moss is perfect in this train garden, and I love that the hummingbirds enjoy the train garden too!

    1. wadeck82 06/22/2022

      Thank you!!

  4. sheila_schultz 06/22/2022

    Your train garden is completely delightful, and the rail-side plantings create the perfect landscape for the imagined passengers! I can almost hear the laughter from the children that are lucky enough to visit your yard, how fun! Well done, Wayne.

    1. wadeck82 06/22/2022

      Thank you!!!

  5. btucker9675 06/22/2022

    The train through fairyland! This is so delightful!!!

    1. wadeck82 06/22/2022

      Thank you!!

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