A Garden Of Holiday Splendor

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This holiday season, thousands of visitors are stepping out of the chilly weather of winter and into the warmth of a 98-year-old Victorian glass house at the New York Botanical Garden.

Inside the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the Holiday Garden and Train Show is a yearly tradition.

Miniature railways wind through tunnels and over trestles into Old New York. The trains glide past landmark Manhattan brownstones and historic mansions of the Hudson Valley. There are no shingle and clapboard houses here; the buildings are made of natural materials like cinnamon sticks, pine cone scales, sunflower seeds and acorn caps.

New this year is the New York City skyline, scaled down to fit beneath a 30-foot Christmas tree.

Outside the conservatory, larger-than-life topiary bunnies are having their own winter adventure.

Exhibits of things great and small are on display at the New York Botanical Garden this holiday season.