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November 2, 2011

U.S. garden railroads

Alabama

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  • Huntsville-Madison County Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave., Huntsville AL 35805, 256-830-4447. Railroad operates from mid-March through December, www.hsvbg.org/gardenrr.htm.


Arkansas


California

  • Fairplex Garden Railroad, Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, Pomona CA. Contact the Fairplex Exhibits Department for dates, PO Box 2250, Pomona CA 91769-2250. 909-865-4231, www.fgrr.org.
  • The Living Desert and Zoo and Gardens, 47-900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert CA 92260, 760-346-5694, FAX: 760-568-9685. www.livingdesert.org
  • Walter Anderson's Nursery, 12755 Danielson Ct., Poway, CA. Contact David Ross, Manager, Walter Andersen Nursery, 858-513-4900. www.walterandersen.com


Colorado

  • Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden CO. Contact Alan Olson, 303-274-6092. The railroad operates primarily on Saturdays and special-event weekends, www.crrm.org



Florida

  • Epcot, Walt Disney World, in the German pavillion, Lake Buena Vista FL. 800-445-4932, www.disneyworld.com.


Georgia

  • Vines Garden Railroad, 3500 Oak Grove Road, Loganville GA 30052, 770-554-9697. Open Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. School field trips and daycare welcome with a reservation. www.vinesgardenrailroad.com


Illinois

  • Chicago Botanical Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe IL 60022. 847-835-5440. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sept. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. after Sept. 3, www.chicagobotanic.org. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Nov. 25 through Jan. 1, 2012 (closed at 3 p.m. on Dec. 1 and 24, and all day Dec. 25). Exhibition tickets are available for the general public on October 19 online at www.chicagobotanic.org/wonderland and onsite at the Information Desk.
  • Saunoris Brothers Nursery (nursery with garden railroad), 19600 S. Harlem Ave., Frankfort IL 60423. 815-469-3171, FAX: 815-469-4769.
  • Wheaton Nurseries (nursery with garden railroad), 626 E. Roosevelt Rd., Wheaton IL 60187. 630-668-0947. FAX: 630-668-0966.


Indiana

  • Taltree Railway Garden, c/o Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 W. 100 North, Valparaiso IN 46385, 219-462-0025, www.taltree.org


 

Kentucky

  • Louisville Zoo, 1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville KY 40213. 502-459-2181. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the remainder of the year. Trains run April 1 through November 1, weather permitting. www.louisvillezoo.org


Minnesota

  • Minnesota GRS display, Wayzata Minnesota Depot, 402 Lake Street East, Wayzata MN 55391, www.mgrs.org


Missouri

  • Missouri Botanical Gardens, Kemper Center for Home Gardening, PO Box 299, St. Louis MO 63166. Contact Steve Cline, director, 314-577-9561. Trains run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, April-October.


New Hampshire

  • Hartmann Model Railroad and Toy Museum, Town Hall Road, PO Box 165 Intervale NH 03845. 603-356-9922, FAX: 603-356-9958. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., www.hartmannrr.com


New Jersey

  • Railroad Garden at the Camden Children's Garden, 3 Riverside Dr., Camden NJ 08103. 856-365-8733. 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, www.camdenchildrensgarden.org


Ohio

  • Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus OH 43203, 614-645-8733, www.fpconservatory.org. Open all year. Railroad open from May-October.


Oregon

  • The Children's Garden Railway at The Oregon Garden, 978 W. Main St., Silverton OR 97381, 503-874-8100. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.


Pennsylvania

  • Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, 100 East Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19118. 215-247-5777. Trains typically run Memorial Day through Columbus Day, then again late November through early January for a holiday display. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, till 8 p.m. on Thursday, www.morrisarboretum.org


Texas

  • San Antonio Garden Railway Society public layout, c/o Texas Transportation Museum, 11731 Wetmore Rd., San Antonio TX 78247. 210-490-3554. Trains run Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Evening hours during the holidays. www.txtransportationmuseum.org
     

Originally published in Garden Railways magazine, June 8, 2011

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