It's an event which I've meant to go to for years, yet somehow always managed to miss, but in keeping with my Sixty at Sixty challenge I decided this was the year to finally go and see what it was all about.
The intricate attention to detail on the models was mind-blowing. It just shows what can be done with nature's scraps. It's hard to believe that all the structures are made from pieces of bark, leaves, pine cones, seeds, etc.
Maybe not surprisingly, the first model is of the conservatory itself.
|The Enid A Haupt Conservatory|
The old Pennsylvania Railroad Station is also featured. It's hard to believe that such a beautiful building was demolished in 1964 - what were they thinking?
Many of the historic estates north of the city are included in the depictions, including Lyndhurst, Boscobel and the Rockefeller estate, Kykuit.
|Kykuit - the Rockefeller estate, Sleepy Hollow|
But there are also depictions of more modest houses such as Poe Cottage in the Bronx which was the home of Edgar Allan Poe from 1846 until his death in 1849.
Some of New York's most famous recreational locations are included:
And I was pleased to see one of my favorite buildings in New York beautifully rendered - The New York Public Library.
|NY Public Library|
Up above our heads, model trains zipped along through the greenery and over replicas of the many bridges in the city including the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge pictured below.
|Brooklyn Bridge & Manhattan Bridge|
|Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building|
In total there are 150 landmarks included and almost half a mile of track for the trains so there is plenty to look at.
A holiday train show may sound like an attraction aimed at either model railway enthusiasts or small children but the show at the Botanical Gardens is a delight to behold for all ages and interests. And the joy on the faces of the little ones at the sight of the trains is an added bonus.
The show runs until Monday, January 15th, 2018. Well worth a visit.
When Mel is not out exploring she writes contemporary fiction with a twist of mystery and suspense. Her latest novel Trust No One is now available from Amazon.