We visited the US Botanic Garden’s annual “Season’s Greenings” display 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.
The monument is a tribute to the boll weevil, which changed the agricultural history of Coffee County, Alabama. After boll weevils wiped out their cotton crops, famers turned to planting peanuts instead. They discovered that the Alabama climate was perfect for growing peanuts, and Coffee County soon became the leading peanut producer in the United States.
I must admit, I find it hilarious that this state would honor a pest like the boll weevil, but maybe not so surprising given what's going on there now with their Senate race...
Building materials include Harry Lauder’s walking stick, willow, gourds, palm bark, pine cone scales, turkeytail fungus, acorn caps, lotus pod, coconut, grape vine, baobab pods, mahogany pods, star anise and more.
Corn Palace, South Dakota, posted earlier: