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: