During the month of December, Thursday evenings at the United States Botanic Garden is a very special place to be. Last Thursday, 14 December I'd capture the Virginia Ham Barbershop Quartet performing at the US Botanic Garden Conservatory.
Tonight, 21 December, from 6 - 8 pm Lox and Vodka will perform at this evening's holiday event 'Savor the Season'.
This year's holiday exhibit begins outdoors, where a model train landscape on the Terrace lures you to linger before you even enter the Conservatory. Indoors, in the West Orangerie, children of all ages will delight in a visit to enormous Snowcap Mountain – a picturesque mountain village busy with the to and fro of trains and defended by a magnificent castle at the peak.
Then venture into the Garden Court to find our National Mall in miniature – including enchanting replicas of the U.S. Capitol, The White House, and the Smithsonian Castle –completely constructed of natural plant materials such as willow, acorns, leaves, and bark. Continue to Savor the Season as you wander throughout the Conservatory, where our sumptuous Della Robbia-style visual feast includes a bounty of colorful poinsettias and other winter-blooming tropical plants. Then embark on a Five Senses Tour to discover some of the plants that produce the tastes, fragrances, and colors of the holiday season.
The trains, National Mall in miniature, and Five Senses Tour will be on exhibit through January 7.
The U.S. Botanic Garden is located at 245 First Street, S.W., Washington, DC.
Click photo to view my USBG 2006/07 'Savor the Season' photoset.