Christmas Trains - Gardenland Express - A Holiday Flower and Train Show

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Train, coming around the bend!

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The Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show

This show is very popular among young and old alike every year. Its a neat, indoor show where people can celebrate Christmas and other Holidays. Its usually cold this time of year in Missouri, and getting colder, so its perfect for brightening up the holidays. This is especially true when its gloomy outside.

The bright lights, decorations and sounds of trains filling the atmosphere is very pleasant and fun. They have a little game for kids to find different things throughout the exhibit which keeps them focused and having fun in that way if they want. This is nice for the parents and grandparents and others to look at all the flowers and decorations that they put out. They go all out, and go to great lengths to put on a nice show for everyone.

This year at the garden has been one of celebrating trees, and many are doing that throughout the world, from what I understand. Throughout the whole year they have a focus on trees. You will find that theme carried out as well here, with neat quotes from important people throughout, on little plaques, etc.

There is a fun tree where kids decorated ornaments as well, mostly made from things you can find outdoors. They have many flowers and plants, cacti and succulents even. Trees and shrubs and different kinds of evergreens are throughout.

One of my favorite things that surprised me was the Christmas tree made from poinsettias! It was bright red and beautiful! There is also a neat collection of nutcrackers as well. In this hub I am trying to focus on the trains themselves, as they are the true highlight of the whole show.

This has become a very popular event at the Missouri Botanical Garden every year. Its a fun tradition many people take part in from Thanksgiving and on past Christmas. The dates of the Gardenland Express Show are November 23rd, through January 2nd. Its perfect for people coming in from other areas that are visiting with their family from out of town to see throughout the holidays.

The succulent train has to be my favorite this year I think. I just can't get past how cute that was. It had little train cars filled with different small succulent plants, traveling around the tracks. It would go through the tunnels and come out again. It was so much fun.

I would highly recommend getting this event on an agenda at least part of one of the days it is running. It has a small fee, but is free to members of the garden. (The best deal in town!) Thanks to Missouri Botanical Garden for putting on such a great show. I have enjoyed it immensely.

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"Succulent" Train Going by Fast

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Train Engines

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A Christmas Present Train

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Cabooses and Eggnog Deliveries!

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Comments 13 comments

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Purple Turtle 5 years ago from Home

Awesome Hub on Christmas Trains. The botanical garden in Fort Wayne dose the same thing each year along with an annual Christmas Tree lighting. Voted up.


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Purple Turtle, thanks so much. I would love to see the botanical garden in Fort Wayne one day. I love botanical gardens, and think its great they do holiday things like this. Thanks for your vote up also!


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anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

Oh I sure would like to see that in person. Love trains at christmas. Nice hub~

Awesome pictures.


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hi AnnDavis, thank you for stopping by. I wish you could see it in person also. Thanks for your nice comment. :)


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

I too would like to see this in person! I think I like the present train the best, although it's hard to choose!

Thanks for sharing!


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Thank you, RTalloni, for the visit and comment. The present train was so bright and cheerful, I can see it easily being a favorite of many. So glad you stopped by. :)


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alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

What a great display -- I'm very much into trains so it's too bad I'm not in Missouri to enjoy this. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Alocsin, thank you so much! :) Wish you could see it here. I hope maybe there is something in your area. I didn't know they did this here the first few years I lived here. Now I know its a recurring thing and I love to go.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

I oceansnsunsets,

I am going to link this colorful Christmas Trains hub to my Missouri Botanical Garden hub which will show people even more of what there is to enjoy at this time of year. Such a great garden!!! Another place that I would like to spend more time someday. Votes up and thanks for sharing this.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

Such wonderful pictures! Christmas trains AND flowers - what a winning combination! Thanks so much for taking us along with you.


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hi Peggy, glad to hear that, thank you so much! I can never spend enough time there, its one of my very favorite places in this part of the country. It is one of the things that has made me want to visit other botanical gardens as well. They have so much to offer. Thanks for the votes also.

RedElf, thank you! I love the combination also, thanks for stopping by and for the comment as well. :)


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nikipa 4 years ago from Eastern Europe

Everything looks so beautiful and fesitive!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Nikipa, I thought they did a wonderful job, I couldn't believe how festive it looked. So glad you stopped by and left a comment.

Merry Christmas to you and your as well!! :)

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