Every year, I try to visit the USBG for each season, however the winter holiday display is one of the best and this year it celebrates National Parks and Historic Places. The plant-based sculptures are absolutely incredible–a must see if you live in the area–or take a little tour right here and now.
Last week, when I visited “Season’s Greenings, National Parks & Historic Places” it was the coldest day that we have had so far this year and the wind was gusting about 25 miles per hour, which made the wind chill factor seem like the Arctic. We parked in front of the USBG facing the reflecting pond and I was astounded to see 2-to 3-foot swells and whitecaps on the reflecting pond in front of the U.S. Capitol! As we got out of the car, a group of underdressed tourists ran by screaming from the frigid cold.
So when we entered the building, the warm air inside enveloped us in a welcoming embrace. Festive lights on tall river birches and an array of poinsettias in the entrance were just a suggestion of what was in the Conservatory. Farther inside, folks were peeling off their coats, as they strolled through flowering and fruiting plants from perennials to shrubs and huge tropical trees. On display amongst the flora is an amazing exhibit of replicas of historic buildings and national park sites–get this–all built from plant materials.
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