From November 2018 through New Year's Day, the US Botanic Garden featured a unique display of model train stations, all built from stems, twigs, leaves, and other plant parts. Just in case the transit nerd in your life missed it, here's a rundown of the most interesting models.
Washington's Union Station was prominent:
Here's New York's Grand Central in its entirety, along with a suburban counterpart, Cannondale's Metro-North station:
Cincinnati Union Station, one of America's art deco classics:
Detroit's Michigan Central Station, soon to be rehabbed:
Salt Lake City's Union Pacific Depot:
Los Angeles' Union Station:
It wasn't just big city stations on display. Smaller, less known stations also got models. Here's the Santa Fe Depot in Shawnee, Oklahoma:
Smaller stations from around DC were also included, like the Point of Rocks, Maryland B&O Depot:
And Ellicott City:
The diverse exhibit also included this model of New York old Penn Station's interior, carved out of a tree:
And although train stations were the theme this year, every holiday season the Botanic Garden displays its collection of National Mall landmarks, including the US Capitol here:
You'll have a chance to see the DC buildings again, since the Botanic Garden displays those each December. As for the more distant train stations: A garden employee tells me the model makers will collect their creations, and some will be exhibited at other locations around the country.
Check out the full list of train stations featured this year.