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 smile on this peanut is meant to mimic the toothy grin of President Jimmy Carter. Three Indiana residents made the statue in honor of then-candidate Carter’s visit to Indiana when he campaigned in 1976. After Carter won the presidency, the statue moved to his hometown of Plains, GA, where it remains today. It stands 13 feet tall and is the world’s second-largest peanut. Local legend attributes the large hole in its back to Secret Service agents, who cut it open during Carter’s visit to Indiana to ensure there were no assassins or bombs hidden inside.
Building materials: Lips/teeth, driftwood; body, tobacco, cork
Festive bonsai, posted earlier: