Same-old holiday decorations, dominated by your basic Crayola red, give me the bah-humbugs faster than “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” on repeat play.
So the holiday display that opened yesterday at the U.S. Botanic Garden is a relief and a respite for this perennial Scrooge because red seems to have been banished!
The amazing plant-based replicas of DC icons are back, but this year they’re adorned with plants in white, pink, pale blue and mint green.
Here’s a closer look at the signature plant repeated throughout the displays – the miniature Poinsettia variety ‘Princettia.’ I’m told they were all grown in the Botanic Garden’s own greenhouse, so I don’t know if they’re available commercially or not. (Anyone know?) Gotta have ’em!
A fun train display, also totally plant-based, is the other hot ticket at the USBG this time of year, and hallelujah, it’s red-free, too! That’s thanks to its dedication to our national parks, in celebration of the Park Service’s Centennial.
Forty-six parks, some well known and some not, are depicted among the trains. (Here’s the list.) My favorite is this replica of the famous Wawona Tree in Yosemite National Park.
I’ll sign off by wishing Rant readers a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with no Black Friday in sight. Just family, friends and plants, lots of them, especially in colors that aren’t red.Posted by Susan Harris on November 25, 2016 at 8:47 am, in the category It's the Plants, Darling, What's Happening.