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Holiday Train Show at the NY Botanical Gardens


There are a lot of ways to celebrate the winter holiday season in New York City. One of my favorites is the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens in The Bronx. All year long the Gardens collects the detritus of its plants. Paul Busse and the crew at Applied Imagination, Ltd create the NYC landmarks and displays for the show.

Using G gauge model trains you are led on a tour past 150 iconic NYC buildings and structures.  From the Brooklyn Bridge to The Little Red Lighthouse. From Gracie Mansion to the NY Public Library. All made out of natural plant materials.

IMG_0019The Haupt Conservatory

IMG_0024Detail of Grand Central Terminal

IMG_0040The Brooklyn Bridge

IMG_0046Yankee Stadium

IMG_0049Thomas the Tank Engine

IMG_0052The Manhattan Skyline

The is also a display showing the process of building the structures , in this case Kykuit:


Many iconic structures are also present:

IMG_0068The TWA terminal at JFK

IMG_0071The Statue of Liberty

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The Little Red Lighthouse

And then there are the trains:



  • Tickets are a timed entrance during the day. So I suggest buying your tickets in advance, and early for a time early in the day. Get to the park about 30 min before your entrance time so that you can be at the Conservatory at least 15 min early.
  • It will be crowded, and there will be lots of kids.
  • The main parking lot of the Gardens fills up quickly, there is a second, larger garage at the corner of Bedford Park Blvd and Webster Ave., next to the Botanical Garden MetroNorth Station. Parking costs $15/car.


The show runs through Jan. 18th, 2016 and tickets are available here. Tickets range from $20-30. Show tickets include tickets for the entire Gardens. 

Getting There:

Public Transportation - Take The Harlem Line of Metro North to the Botanical Gardens Station. the entrance is right across the the street. Or take the B,D,4 train to Bedford Park Blvd and then transfer to the Bx26 bus to the Botanical Gardens.

Driving - The main gate is at 3900 Southern Blvd. You can get there from the Bronx River Parkway (exit 7W - Pelham Parkway/Fordham Road) or from Mosholou Parkway.


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I've been there in the's great, but large-gauge models have never been my thing. But now that I know the display is built from garden scrap, I may have to take another look!

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

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