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Woodland Express Garden Railroad Exhibit

Visitors can step into a magical garden railroad featuring G-scale trains traveling through tunnels, bridges, and animal habitats handcrafted with natural materials, at Woodland Express, on display at the Holden Arboretum from now through September 15. 

This world in miniature features “botanical architecture” made from leaves, twigs, and other natural materials by Applied Imagination, a Kentucky-based firm that has been producing award-winning garden railroad exhibits for decades.   Among the featured elements of Woodland Express are replicas of three Ashtabula County covered bridges –– Harpersfield, Riverdale, and Doyle.

“Woodland Express offers something for everyone,” said Jillian Slane, director of exhibits and experiences for Holden Forests & Gardens.  “Train enthusiasts will love the imaginative track layout.  Gardens lovers will marvel the unique plantings and use of natural materials.  And kids will learn about the animals that inhabit woodlands.”

Woodland Express is generously supported by presenting sponsor Fleet Response.

Woodland Express admission includes full access to the Holden Arboretum grounds, excluding the Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower.  Admission is $12 per adult, $8 per child age 3 to 12, and free for members of Holden Forests & Gardens.  Tickets for the Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower are $4 per adult, $2 per child age 3 to 12, and free for members.  Parking is free.  Woodland Express tickets are available online in advance or can be purchased at the Holden Arboretum.  Advance ticket purchase is not required.

The Holden Arboretum is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm, and until 8 pm on Tuesdays from June 11 through July 30.

The Holden Arboretum is located at 9550 Sperry Road in Kirtland.

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