Garden Railroads

Check the list for garden railroads in your area that are open to the public

By Rene Schweitzer

Photography by Sean McCormick

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state by state list of public garden railroadsU.S. garden railroads

Alabama

  • 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
  • Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton CO 80120, 303-797-8565, info-hud@ssprd.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


 

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