On Saturday, November 21, the New York Botanical Garden opened its annual Holiday Train Show, which includes dozens of replicas of skyscrapers, museums, mansions, brownstones, bridges, ballparks, and other famous structures from around New York. Artist Paul Busse handcrafted all of the structures around the tracks from leaves, twigs, bark, berries, pods, pinecones, and other plant materials.
Complementing the train show is Gingerbread Adventures, which allows children to learn about different plants and their parts used in creating a favorite holiday snack. The gingerbread houses and characters are made of plants, and are on display in the Discovery Center. A gingerbread jazz band, ice skaters, and farmer are among the colorful characters.
Also new to this year’s Holiday Train Show, is a reincarnation of the original Pennsylvania Station, which serviced the city from 1910 to 1964. The show will be on display at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory through Sunday, January 10.