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Natural New York

The New York Botanical Garden's 11th annual Holiday Train Show features nearly a 100 miniature replicas of New York City landmarks - all constructed from natural materials like leaves, twigs, bark, berries, and pine cones.

Colorful model trains run through 6,000 square feet of landscapes, crossing wooden bridges and passing through forest tunnels. The display is centered around a 30-foot evergreen.

This year's show presents 17 new structures, including Radio City Hall made of maple bark and pear pods, the New York Stock Exchange constructed with willow stick columns and grapevine balconies, and the Apollo Theater built from cinnamon sticks and grass.

The collection was constructed by landscape architect and designer Paul Busse and his team Applied Imagination from Kentucky. It will remain on display until January 5, 2003. During most of the run of the show, the garden will be open until 8 p.m. For more information go to www.nybg.org.

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