Trip to Virginia (6): Botanical Garden

My BFF, Miss Fairy, Luca and I went to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. We saw miniature trains and many other interesting exhibits there.

The trains were amazing! They were finely crafted and incredibly realistic.

I found many other interesting exhibits created in collaboration with local elementary schools and craftspeople. The garden did not only show plants and flowers but also provided visitors with good opportunities to learn cultural things from an international perspective.

These Christmas trees were decorated by local elementary school students.

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This section introduced different cultures in the world in connection with flowers. I found the facts about Japanese cherry blossoms here.

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We went to the conservatory and enjoyed viewing both the flowers and the decorations. There were numerous handmade crafts here and there. Many people in the community were involved in the displays. The decorations demonstrated their ingenuity and skillfulness.

These lanterns were made from old worn-out books which had no longer been used.

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Some displays were associated with children’s literature and they inspired visitors’ imagination.

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Thumbelina

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Outside the building, there was “Rolling in the New Year,” in which people literally rolled down the hill. There were many children ready to join and so were Miss Fairy and Luca. They were good at rolling!

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We waited until it was dark enough to see the decoration lights. It was very cold, so we drank hot chocolate. They offered s’more, too. We enjoyed the colorful lights in the garden. They were so beautiful and worth the wait in the cold!

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The Giving Tree

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I like taking pictures of flowers, so I want to go back to the garden someday!