Friday, December 28, 2012

Let's Head Back to Washington

What a treat this place was!

The United States Botanic Garden

On display,
miniature replicas of all the historic buildings in Washington D.C.
The Capital
Took more than 600 hours to complete
Lincoln Memorial
Jefferson Memorial
Smithsonian Institute
The Castle
The Washington Monument

Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building

US Supreme Court

The frames are constructed of acrylic-based foam.
Casting resin is poured into the window cutouts,
wall surfaces are finished with sand based grout and distinctive
architectural details are fashioned from dried plant materials.
More then 70 different plant materials are used.
The most common plant material used in the models,
Pine Cones Scales, Willow, Screw Pods,
Grapevine Tendrils, Acorns and Acorn Caps

Be sure and stop back tomorrow,
I am going to show you their amazing train display!


  1. Incredible detail!!! I did a bit of math - 7 buildings, at 600 hours each, is 4200 hours, at 40 hours per week - this display took three months to build!!!! Imagine the patience!!!

  2. Fantastic work & love them surrounded in beautiful flowers! WoW! =)

  3. That is so totally amazing. The things you get to go see. I can't wait to see tomorrow.

  4. Wow, all that detail would drive me nuts ;-)

  5. I have some of those photos in a post from earlier this month! I can't wait to read what you thought of the train/fairy display.

  6. so awesome... what a fun place to visit. i need to look into that the next time we are in that area. ( :

  7. Wow!
    Debbie, this is so beautiful.
    Your post delights, is wonderful.
    I send greetings.

  8. Oh Debbie this is wonderful - what a great place to visit. I love all of those beautiful flowers surrounding the models.
    I can't wait to see the train display :))

  9. Those are so cool! I love that Smithsonian building most of all.

  10. Very cool, I have been wanting to visit this place for awhile now. Loved your photos, Debbie! Have a great weekend!

  11. Great photos! I remember these from last year, they were fantastic!

  12. These are fascinating. I WILL be back,because Jake was model railroader,so trains interest me.

  13. How wonderful and magical! Thank you for bringing it to us.

  14. Now that is something! Thanks for sharing with us Debbie. xo

  15. Those displays are just incredible!

  16. Wow...having grown up with an architect for a dad - who made models of everything he built - this is just fascinating! What a treasure!

  17. What a wonderful detailed creation. The pictures are lovely and I would love to see this one in real life. Thanks for sharing this one; I loved it.