Magical Train Travel at NYBG

We set off on New Years Day, surprised to see that the Merritt Parkway looked like this!  DSC_2739If you have travelled through Fairfield County, you know it never looks like that!  But once we got to The New York Botanical Garden,

New York Botanical Garden

New York Botanical Garden

we found the crowds, DSC_2763and we weren’t surprised because the Holiday Train Show is wonderfully popular.  The stroller set was there but we enjoyed all the excitement and craziness of the young ones.  Their WONDER was contagious!

The skill of the designer and his artisans is incredible.  All of the buildings are created from natural plant material. DSC_2767 Each one is a replica of a real building DSC_2799that exists or once existed in the New York area.  One of my favorites was Grand Central Terminal. DSC_2783 DSC_2782 DSC_2781 But I  also loved Phiipse Manor – a special place to us  because we bought our first home there after leaving New York City.  DSC_2791

Each building is uniquely fashioned. We found the old TWA building and airplane amusing!DSC_2796 St. Patrick’s Cathedral was masterfully portrayed!  DSC_2762I loved watching the interaction between the parents, grandparents and children.  There was a lot of pointing and many OOOOHS for the Santa train.  DSC_2766The show is open until the 12th so you still have time to see this magical train show. DSC_2764 It is not for children only!DSC_2751


About Jayne on Weed Street

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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12 Responses to Magical Train Travel at NYBG

  1. What a wonderful post – on such a fun event! The structures were so well executed it was tough to believe they’re crafted of natural materials, amazing craftsmanship at work!


  2. bittster says:

    You did a great job capturing the show, my brother took his family there last week and I just couldn’t grasp what he meant when he said all the buildings were constructed out of twigs… now I do…. cool!
    Did you have a chance to look about the grounds, or was it too cold?


    • There was quite a bit of walking from parking lot to conservatory to garden shop and we did walk through the Irwin perennial gardens just to see how different they appear from Spring, Summer and Fall when they are glorious!


      • bittster says:

        My first visit to the garden is on the list for next year, but the zoo is one above it, so we’ll have to get there first… we’ve been there several times and it’s a much easier sell to the kids 🙂


  3. Christina says:

    Thanks for sharing your fun day out; we were in NY last year but didn’t get to the botanic gardens, but we did see similar buildings in Washington DC. A very Happy New Year to you. Christina


  4. Happy New Year! The buildings are phenomenal and are all the more amazing for being made out of plant material. I can imagine how excited kids would be and how infectious that would be for the older set.


  5. Masha says:

    What a lovely exhibit, thank you for the pictures, I enjoyed it so much. The detail on the buildings was really wonderful to see, whoever made them must have amazing skills.


  6. Vera says:

    Oh my, magical and charming. I would so love to see in person the charming exhibit. Your photography captures splendid images. Thanks for the post.
    Going to post tomorrow a new entry on my blog, please visit.


  7. Anita Rivera says:

    OH don’t you just love miniatures! How well detailed they are, and to have such a great birds’ eye view of grand structures makes miniatures a wonderful hobby. HELLO THERE! So good to see your comment today, and yes, those purple shoes would be a must to wear to a fun tea party,wouldn’t they? We must have a virtual tea party this spring, wouldn’t that be fun?



  8. Ordinary J says:

    I had been to the NYBG years ago when I was a visiting student. Love it!!! Haven’t been back ever since, would love to return again.


  9. sharon says:

    very very cool…where is this in NY?


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