We recently made a return visit to the Chicago Botanical Gardens. It seems we never fail to pleasantly discover something else in addition to the main reason for our visit. We were at the Botanic Gardens to experience the holiday tradition of the Wonderland Express, the annual display of holiday model trains traveling throughout Chicago, including famous skyscrapers and historic landmarks. All buildings are constructed of natural materials: gourds, pine cones, bark, acorns, pods, seeds, grains, grasses, and other creatively-used bits of nature. Like the summertime Model Railroad Garden, surrounding the buildings are beautiful seasonal plants and flowers.

Being the holiday season, another treat we discovered were the twenty or so handmade wreaths hanging on the gallery walls. All made by horticulturists and staff of the gardens. I thought I would share some of the most beautiful and interesting wreaths:

Just a last bit of holiday cheer...

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