There was a separate entrance for the model train exhibit at the garden but as we were more interested in the flowers and when we saw that long line, we headed to the other entrance.
Once inside we found a Thomas the Train making its way around the large Christmas tree. There were lots of children watching as it disappeared into a tunnel behind the tree, eagerly awaiting for it to appear again on the other side.
This is a replica of the Bartholdi Fountain which you can learn more about if you click here. It is on the grounds of the Capitol. It's designer - Frederic Auguste Bartholdi - later designed the Statue of Liberty.
Even though we are past the holiday I don't think I will ever get tired seeing these beautiful poinsettias.
There are different colors, ones I don't normally get to see in the stores.
You'll probably recognize the banana plant. About a year after planting it forms a flower. They can be huge and will hang down pointing to the ground. The flower has flaps that will open upward in series over many weeks. As each flap opens it develops cup-like flowers. If you pick one you will find it is full of nectar.
I recognized this replica straight away. It is of the Albert Einstein statue.
The real one is on the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences on Constitution Avenue, on the other side of the street from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Gregg was in the city last week and someone had dressed him in a Santa Claus Hat, though when we drove by this day it had been removed. This is a very quick shot as we drove by. Click here to see a better photograph and more information.
We enjoyed the replicas of various landmarks around the city made out of plant materials, starting off with The Capitol.
The Lincoln Memorial
The Smithsonian Castle
Even one of the botanic garden.
The National Museum for the American Indian
And finally the Washington Monuement
More from the garden later.