Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas at the Botanical Gardens

Today I shared a magical day with my son, home for the holidays from Portland OR.  We went to the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx to see their Holiday Train Show. It is the masterpiece of Paul Busse who created this wonderland over the past 20 years, constructing miniature replicas of famous NY landmarks out of plant material, such as twigs, cones, seed pods, etc.  Running throughout the display are miniature train sets.

The exhibit is set in the Edith A Haupt conservatory, so though it was a dreary drizzly day we were cozy and warm inside amongst all the plants.

I took a lot of pictures of the buildings but neglected to take any of the bridges overhead, the Brooklyn Bridge replica being 14 feet tall. If you've ever been to NYC you will recognize a lot of these buildings.

JFK Airport with the TWA terminal, made from giant fungi.

This is hard to read, but if you go the the link I gave you in the first paragraph, you can read all about him.

The angels at Rockefeller Plaza.

Famous skyscrapers, including the Chrysler Building.

Yankee Stadium with spotlights.

Edith A. Haupt Conservatory.

Check out the detail in the figures.

Grand Central Terminal.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

There were many, many children there today enjoying the scenes and trains.

St. Patrick's Cathedral

There were over 150 buildings and three huge bridges overhead.  Go to their website to read more about it and see more pictures and click on any of my pictures to see a bigger view of all.

After the exhibit we drove about a mile to Arthur Avenue for their famous Little Italy, full of restaurants, markets, pastry shops, bakeries, fish stores, butchers, and more.  We had a scrumptious lunch at Roberto's and did a little shopping.  We would have walked around a lot more, but the weather was miserable. The area was so busy and crowded, we had a hard time finding a parking place.  Everyone was shopping for their Christmas feasts.  It is an Italian tradition to have fish on Christmas Eve, so the stores were bustling.  It was a great day and fun to spend time with my son.

I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas with family and friends and a happy, healthy New Year!


Sarah said...

Great pictures, clever artist! It sounds as if you had a great time! Have a very merry Christmas x

LA Paylor said...

how wonderful!! I like Grand Central best. It's like a mini Rose parade of organic work. Amid gorgeous plants. The weather has been cold and rainy here too, luckily today sunnier. I feel almost like I was there in your post. Are you Italian? When I found out I was adopted, I found out I'm half Italian! Always loved garlic when none of the rest of my adopted family does, smile. LeeAnna at not afraid of color