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World’s Largest Basket, Ohio

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.

This building was the headquarters of the Longaberger Company, which manufactures wooden baskets, and was modeled after their bestselling basket. It is seven stories tall and constructed from locally sourced cherry wood. The basket handles weigh 150 tons and can be heated during the winter to prevent ice damage. Empty since July of 2016, the company has the building on the market, but it is proving difficult to find a buyer who wants a building shaped like a giant basket.

Building materials: Facade/basket weaving, birch bark, corn husk; window, willow, reeds; handles: grape vine, eucalyptus pod buttons; conservatory window, birch twigs, reeds, royal poinciana pods

More fall color, posted earlier:

Nikon D810 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
1/125s f/5.6 at 26.0mm iso5000 full exif

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meekam tam19-Dec-2017 12:35
Very interesting, Helen! V
Julie Oldfield06-Dec-2017 00:42
The light is very nice. V
globalgadabout02-Dec-2017 17:15
an intriguing building...well done to catch two trains..
bill friedlander02-Dec-2017 16:24
A very colorful display, captured with excellent detail. V
Patrick Goossens02-Dec-2017 16:18
A very original building
Nick Paoni02-Dec-2017 15:15
The trains add a great sense of animation to the displays.
Jim Coffman02-Dec-2017 13:57
Absolutely amazing. Very nice image, Helen...