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!


Judy said...

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!!!

TexWisGirl said...

wow. now THAT'S cool!

Tricia Hays said...

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

Farm Girl said...

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

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

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

MarmePurl said...

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.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

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

Łucja-Maria said...

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

Ellie said...

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 :))

barbara l. hale said...

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

Susan said...

Really cool!

eileeninmd said...

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

DeniseinVA said...

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

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

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

Jill said...

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

Nancy Claeys said...

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

Angie said...

Those displays are just incredible!

Adrienne said...

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

LeAnn said...

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.