Here is a photo I took today of the "Season’s Greetings from the National Mall" exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden. The installation ends tomorrow (1/8/06), so get on over there if you have missed it. The buildings are miniature versions of those found on or near the National Mall. All are created using natural materials -- mostly seed pods, bark, and twigs.
The fast running train that goes over and around this miniature mall was fascinating to the many young children in attendance - so (if you have any) bring the kids! They'll also enjoy the adjacent exhibits, which let you smell various plant-produced scents such as lavender, curry spices, and lemon verbena, and the sLowlife (stet) exhibit that shows plants can dance, yearn and feel.
Since we never did an official holiday greeting to our reader, I figured better late than never. Have a wonderful 2006 everyone may your gardens and yourselves be blessed with marvelous health throughout the coming seasons!