This year we’re welcoming the world to our Railway Garden with the addition of five new structures that honor our five Sister Cities. Plants are used in a variety of ways in the Railway Garden to create a magical scene. Large evergreens serve as backdrops. Dwarf evergreens, planted next to buildings, provide the illusion of stately trees. And tropical plants, such as crotons, sebra plants and bromeliads, add bursts of brilliant color.
Below are photos of the five new Railway Garden structures that highlight our five Sister Cities:
Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan (Zapopan, Mexico)
This basilica is a monumental example of 17th century colonial Baroque architecture, and is one of the most visited sanctuaries in Western Mexico.
Town Hall (Bielsko-Biala, Poland)
This Neo-Renaissance building, built in 1897, showcases the 19th-century Vienna architecture of Emanuel Rost.
Palazzo Dei Priori (Perugia, Italy)
Established in Perugia in 1303, this magistrature was built in the city’s main square, and is affectionately known as the Palazzo Nuovo del Popolo, or “New Palace of the People.”
Independence Square Black Star Gate (Ghana)
This monument is part of Black Star Square, or Independence Square, which hosts Ghana’s Independence Day Parade each year on March 6, as well as other major public gatherings.
Chomeiji Temple (Omihachiman, Japan)
This temple is one of the 33 sacred Kannon temples of Western Japan. Visitors arrive by climbing 808 stone steps. It is said that this temple is responsive to the prayer’s petition for longevity.
Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World runs through January 3, 2016.