The Paul Busse Garden Railway at Franklin Park Conservatory is an outdoor model railroad that will delight children AND adults through January 2023!
The Paul Busse Garden Railway has reopened at Franklin Park Conservatory and will remain on display through January 8, 2023. This exhibit makes its temporary home in the Grand Mallway outside Franklin Park Conservatory and is made up of 1,122 feet of track!
Paul Busse graduated from Ohio State University in 1972 and he first created a public garden railroad in 1982 for the Ohio State Fair! He started a business called Applied Imagination which creates garden railway displays all over the United States! He has since retired, but the company is run by his daughter and he remains involved in the work!
The Garden Railway is made of all- natural plant materials and features 4 botanical themes: Fairytale Land, Wild West Town and an animal themed “Who Lives Here” and a European Travels section!
My kids especially enjoyed the animal houses. Each house was made with the theme of a different animal such as a zebra, turtle, giraffe and snake as pictured below! They are adorable!
Don’t miss the waterfalls, the magical lights inside the tree cove or the Thomas Trains scooting around the tracks! There is so much to see and so many details that are easy to miss!
Each theme has its own section of the display and there is a sign listing what each building is and what to look for! It was fun to try to find all of the different displays!
Enjoy some photos from our visit and make sure to visit yourself this summer!
Some things to know before visiting Franklin Park Conservatory:
- Reserving a timed ticket is recommend but not required. The ticket designates your arrival time but you are free to stay as long as you want to.
- Viewing of the Paul Busse Garden Railway is included in admission or membership.
- The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden is also included in your admission fee.
- The Franklin Park Conservatory is open daily from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- You can visit the public part of Franklin Park for free!
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