Locomotion in the Garden

In 2005, Locomotion in the Garden: Trains Across Georgia (presented by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.) was a spectacular installation of enchanting views with recognizable Atlanta and Georgia landmarks sculpted from natural materials. Miniature garden railways set the scene for this enchanting exhibit of model trains riding through dramatic mountains and valleys, over bridges and into a bustling city.

The exhibit encompassed a 3,200 square foot area of the Garden’s popular Aquatic Plant Pond overlooking Piedmont Park. More specifically, the tracks of Locomotion in the Garden stretched from the Bog Garden, traversing a “lake,” on trestles across the Aquatic Plant Pond, to a floating island, continuing along the terrace below the Conservatory. The display allowed visitors to walk under trestles, over pedestrian bypasses, and look both up and down at the meticulously crafted architecture, trains, scenery and landscaping. More than 25 buildings and scenes were constructed from natural materials such as bark, acorns, nuts, pinecone scales, seeds, mosses and twigs. Created by celebrated landscape architect Paul Busse of Applied Imagination in Alexandria, Kentucky, the miniature buildings he designed to accompany the trains were architecturally accurate.