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Helen Betts | all galleries >> Rediscovering Home >> Washington Rediscovered: Year 2 >> ‘Roadside Attractions’ at the US Botanic Garden > US Capitol, Washington, D.C.
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US Capitol, Washington, D.C.

We visited the US Botanic Garden’s annual “Season’s Greenings” exhibition titled “Roadside Attractions” featuring plant-based recreations of iconic sights from across the United States, with G gauge model trains chugging around, below, through and above the displays. We also toured the Garden Court with its National Mall buildings and monuments, also all created from more than 70 plant-based materials. I had photographed the Washington exhibit at last year’s show, but found that I missed some of them and also saw that some are a bit different this time around. This year’s display was also very cleverly set up, with many of the roadside attractions spread throughout the conservatory, encouraging people to tour the entire building and not just the room containing the model trains.

This representation of the US Capitol took more than 600 hours to create and was made primarily with plant materials. For example, the dome was fashioned using sycamore leaves, willow sticks, seagrass twine, wheat, winged euonymus, fern fronds, kangaroo pods, screw pods, acorns and pine cone scales.

Golden, posted earlier:

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Hennie & Lies Lammers29-Dec-2017 20:10
Wonderful image of this sculpture!
Apostolos Tikopoulos28-Dec-2017 23:10
Very nice and spectacular composition. V.
Jean D05-Dec-2017 01:18
Terrific capture of this miniature masterpiece. ~V
Zoltán Balogh03-Dec-2017 09:06
Wonderful, wow. V
Julie Oldfield01-Dec-2017 02:55
Wow! That is truly spectacular. V
Pieter Bos30-Nov-2017 15:05
Great scene. So well captured, Helen. ~V
MarcViskens28-Nov-2017 20:30
a masterpiece
very nice Helen
Ton T.28-Nov-2017 18:36
A fantastic US Capital in a great setting! V
François Fauchard28-Nov-2017 18:03
Wow ! Beautiful golden Capitol. V
LynnH28-Nov-2017 17:10
That is so cool. A masterpiece! V
Buz Kiefer28-Nov-2017 14:40
Intriguing construction material and a fine creation. Nice capture of it and the seasonal flowers in the FG. Vote.
Dwight Rankine28-Nov-2017 14:25
a beautiful shot, Helen!
Carl H. Johnson28-Nov-2017 11:07
Great work Helen!!!~V~
Ursula Miller28-Nov-2017 07:42
A wonderful image in a perfect setting. It looks like a great place to visit. V
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal28-Nov-2017 07:41
Beautiful and colorful image of this Botanic Garden. V
Regine L.28-Nov-2017 02:41
Wonderful to see the Christmas display at the Botanical Garden is up and gorgeous as ever. V
Charlene Ambrose28-Nov-2017 01:19
This is a wonderful image of this amazing display. Must be fun to see it! V
Carol How28-Nov-2017 00:37
Wow, that is an amazing sculpture and a splendid capture of it! V
Graeme28-Nov-2017 00:27
Superb!! BV
Isabel Cutler28-Nov-2017 00:02
Jim Coffman27-Nov-2017 23:45
That is simply awesome.. Nice image, Helen...
Tom Munson27-Nov-2017 23:29
This is amazing and beautiful.