Flora Express

Model-train exhibit gets a little help from Mother Nature.

Paul Busse's model-train exhibits are staples at botanical gardens throughout the nation. The former Kentucky landscape architect's latest creation, Trains Across the Valley, is now on display at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. The five-train exhibit replicates locomotives barreling through the Cuyahoga Valley. For scenery, Busse fills in spaces with natural materials, including twigs, tree bark, and pinecones. Busse built his first "train garden" nearly 25 years ago, when he entered a model-train show at the Ohio State Fair. "The combination of everything in the garden makes it an animated, exciting 3-D space," he says.
Nov. 28-Dec. 30, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.