Thank you Conde Nast Traveler for including us in this great slideshow illustrating why you should visit a botanical garden this winter! If you can’t make it to New York City this holiday season, there are beautiful options included in Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Denver, Atlanta, Pennsylvania, London (in the U.K.), and two in Canada.
What’s beautiful now? The Holiday Train Show! This wonderland of New York City-area buildings constructed entirely from plant materials beneath the glittering domes of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is accompanied by garden-gauge trains and thousands of twinkling lights!
The Holiday Train Show may seem like something only for the kiddos, but you would be wrong. It is a delight to everyone, and if you’re interested in seeing it kid-free, you can come to one of our adults-only Bar Car Nights where you get to see the show at night, cocktail in hand.
Getting here is easy via public transport or with our transportation partner Uber.
For a look at what’s going on today at the Garden, follow us on Instagram and Twitter where we post updates from our staff and visitors. Need help getting around? Our iPhone app can help out there. It’s free and available in the App Store. ~AR
Photos by NYBG photographer Ivo M. Vermeulen.
Today I went to see the preview of the Holiday Train Show at the NYBG. Amazing as always.
The Holiday Train Show is on now through January 12. Come check it out!
Photographed the NYBG Holiday Train Show for Gothamist. A seasonal must-see, especially for the kids! Click the link for photos and video.
Thanks for making us look so good! ~AR
Thaaat’s the shot I’ve been looking for. The trees will still be twinkling through Sunday, January 13, as we play out the last few days of our Holiday Train Show. And while I’ll certainly miss the hum of the toy tracks, I can safely say this has been one of the best years yet. Here’s to the next. —MN
We aren’t traveling this Christmas- a great opportunity to be a tourist in our own town. I have heard about the train show at the NY Botanical Garden for years. This year we finally made and effort to see it. Now I know why people speak so highly of it! It is truly impressive if you enjoy plants. Or art. Or architecture. Or NYC. Or have kids (whether they like trains or not).
I left with a Garden membership, so I’ll be heading back in the spring and summer. Can’t wait to photograph more of this beautiful spot.
The New York Botanical Garden created a spot on, all natural replica of Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain.
The massive main hall of the Park Avenue Armory never falls short of awe-inspiring. We put together a little piece on this space for the Holiday Train Show, seeing as we have a miniature of this iconic building sitting in our Conservatory right now. The Event of a Thread runs through early January, and from what my friends tell me, sitting on a swing in such an expansive space is quite the experience. —MN
The Biodiversity Heritage Library is a consortium of renowned natural history, botany, and research libraries sporting over two million volumes of unique biodiversity literature. It’s a pretty big deal, and not just because it’s a consortium (I know, so mysterious).
As part of this collective, the NYBG (that’s our own Library Building up there) is proud to be featured in the BHL’s holiday celebration rundown, highlighting a few of the seasonal activities on offer from its member institutions. Alongside our Holiday Train Show, you’ll find winter fun from the American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, and a handful of other world-class organizations from across the country. So even if you’re not front and center for the Garden events in New York City, there’s a chance you’ll be able to ring in the holidays with one of our friends elsewhere in the U.S.
Care to see just how good Paul Busse and his band of merry DIYers are at recreating actual buildings for our Holiday Train Show? Check out these great photos from Exhibiting New York who took the time to pair them up. Thank you for this! It’s really cool! ~AR
New York City blogger Glamamom came to the Holiday Train Show with her family recently. Not only did she take beautiful photographs of the show and family, but she also put together a fabulous list of “must know’ Train Show tips. I cannot tell a lie: The Train Show can get crowded, and with all the little kids geeking out over the “steamies and diesels” it can be a little overwhelming. But with a hint of planning and a dash of patience, it’s a magical, wildly rewarding experience. How do I know? Because I have undertaken the journey as a civilian with my own nephews. Thank you Glamamom for visiting and for crafting such a pretty post! ~AR
Paul Busse and his team at Applied Imagination have been downright prolific with this year’s new additions to the Holiday Train Show. That includes the international miniatures in our expanded Artist’s Studio, where you can see landmark structures from Egypt, India, and elsewhere across the globe. Of course, the quirky favorites from places like Coney Island and our friends in New Jersey are easily as memorable if you’re from around here. —MN
Today I went to the Holiday Train Show at the NY Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. I was expecting to see maybe one or two new models, but they had quite an amazing number of additions, including structures from the Cape May and Coney Island areas.
One of my friends is a huge fan of Lucy the Elephant, so I sent her this picture and I’ll be taking her to see it in person in the next couple weeks.
The Holiday Train Show does that to people! It’s such an overwhelmingly wonderful experience, you just forget to snap any pictures. I always recommend multiple visits, and I’m not just saying that because I work here! ~AR
NY Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show.
I didn’t take a lot of pictures of the train, which means I must return. LOL.
The Holiday Train Show always looks good, but it gets a nice vintage feel from Instagram.