Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Insider's DC: United States Botanical Garden

As any parent of a toddler knows, especially those of us who are home with the children, there is nothing quite so valuable as that perfect indoor destination.  Because there will be days, oh yes, when it is rainy and cold, and no amount of layering will make for successful trip to the park.  And it will be just such a day when you feel like you have to get out of the house, lest you lose your precarious grip on your sanity.  Enter the US Botanical Garden, which took a firm position on our list of indoor faves following our visit this past Monday.

First of all, it is basically a huge greenhouse, so it is nice and toasty warm.  Also, being a Smithsonian Museum, it is free.  These factors alone would be enough to recommend it to us.  And yet, that was just the beginning.  There is currently an exhibit on display there that can only be described as magical, and yet that word is hardly enough.

In a small room off to one side of the building, 800 feet of train tracks wind their way through a fairy land composed of intricate, tiny sculptures made entirely of natural materials glued to foam board.  Part of me, the crafty part, was inspired to create something like this of my own.  Mostly, though, I just looked and enjoyed, child-like in my amazement.  Kinda like this:

I am sure you are wondering what Isabel thought of the whole experience.  Well, you know..

And Kurt, of course, couldn't resist taking lots of lovely pictures, which almost do the exhibit justice. 

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