Friday, May 20, 2011

The exhibit will be at Cheekwood through December 31st. This one of a kind design was created by Paul Busse of Applied Imagination in Alexandria, Kentucky.
At age five when he was given an American Flyer train, his fascination with trains began. In 1972 he graduated as a landscape architect. In 1982 he displayed his first garden train at the Ohio State Fair. He has other trains publicly displayed at New York Botanical Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden and the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. The Cheekwood exhibit has seven garden trains and the landscape has over 2,500 tiny trees, shrubs, groundcover and flowering plants in 250 varieties. There are 19 replicas of famous buildings in Tennessee displayed.
In Nashville the Union Station for seven decades served the area passengers as a massive stone gateway to the metropolitan corridor represented by the nations rail system. In 1975, the station was closed but was restored and opened as a hotel and restaurant in 1986. It is a historical landmark in Davidson County.
Also, in Davidson County is the Belle Meade Plantation. For five generations it was the home of the Harding-Jackson family. The Greek Revival House with it's 5,400 acres was the largest estates in the 19Th century. It was famous for breeding and training championship race horses.
The Carter House is located in Franklin, Tennessee and was in the middle of the bloodiest battles (The Battle of Franklin) of the American Civil War. It was built in 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter. The family took refuge in the cellar as their home became a Federal Command Post in the battle. Franklin, Tennessee is in Williamson County.
Another famous Davidson County building is the Ryman Auditorium built in 1892 by Captain Thomas C. Ryman as a Church. In 1943 it became the home to the Grand Ole Opry show and is fondly called the Mother Church of Country Music. (Blogger has messed with the type!!!!!!)
The Kitty Justice is I only captured 4 of the 19 replicas displayed. I will just have to go back.


Small City Scenes said...

Oh what fun it would be to see this choo choo rambling down the track.

Our cherrie trees are just flowering now---no cherries for awhile.

When I was in Seattle I went to the Frye Museum--pretty interesting. MB

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Absolutely fabulous... I hope we can get there before the end of December... LOVE it.

Changes in the wind said...

This is amazing...

Patty said...

I bet our 12 year old Grandson would love this exhibit. Thanks for your visits. We're all ok around here, hope you and your family are also. We've had two beautiful days, yesterday and today, skies are blue, fluffy white clouds and no rain.

Lady Di Tn said...

It was fun. I made some cherry tarts for tonights dinner. I checked google for the Frye Museum and it looked interesting. Peace

I hope you can too. Peace

I thought so too. Peace

I bet he would too.
Glad to hear everyone is doing fine and the same goes here for everyone on the hill. We have yet to have really great weather as it is either cold and rainy or hot and humid. Peace

Merle said...

Dear Dianne ~~ What terrific miniature buildings and your photos are great as usual.
I meant to thank you very much for the beautiful e card you sent for my birthday. That was lovely of you and a lovely surprise. Thanks again,
Love and Hugs. Peace. Merle.