I was ambivalent about attending the New York Botanical Gardens’ Holiday Train Show. I figured it would be yet another way that the holiday season has become commercialized and though I admire model trains, they don’t captivate me too much. Call me Ebenezer.
So I accompanied my husband, because that’s what I do sometimes. He loves the Garden; we’ve had many pleasant outings there. (and have found a fantastic Italian restaurant to go afterwards.)
I had no idea what we were about to see; and am ashamed we’d missed this event since its inception in 1992! How our kids would have loved it. Now, we’ll try to get them there and take the grands.
The exhibit features the art and craftsmanship of Kentucky –based Paul Busse, who has replicated New York landmarks and many area historical sites, around the train tracks. Everything is made from plants!
Snaking around the orchids in the moist Garden conservatory, the trains go through tunnels and over bridges and around New York City and the outer boroughs. The attention to tiny detail is amazing and the entire exhibit a must see. It’s on through Jan. 19.