Open May 10 through October 26, 2014
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting
Wednesdays until 8 p.m., June 11 – August 27, 2014
Summer Railway Garden Open May 1st
Seven model trains operate daily from May through October from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
On Mondays and Tuesdays during Garden Twilight (mid-May through mid-September), the trains run until 7:30 p.m.
Garden Railway Hours
MAY 24 - SEPTEMBER 1
Weekdays: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Weekends: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday evenings in June, July, and August: 10:00am - 8:00pm
SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER
Weekends only: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Holiday Garden Railway begins the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving, please check website.
Greenhouse on the Midway Garden Railway Display - Sept 26 to Oct 26, 2014
November 28, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (with exceptions)
Open December 1, 2014 through January 4, 2015
Nov. 22, 2014 - Jan. 18, 2015
Open Nov 25, 2014 through January 4, 2015
November 15, 2014 through January 4, 2015
Opening November 22, 2014 through January 11, 2015
Opening November 22, 2014 through January 4, 2014
Paul Busse, founder of Applied Imagination, has always been a big fan of trains and gardens. After graduating from Ohio State University in 1972, with a degree in landscape architecture he formed his own company specializing in creative outdoor living spaces.
In 1975, Paul discovered LGB's new g-scale model trains, which ran both indoors and out. His first train layout was installed in a friend’s hobby store, garnering local press for the store and for Paul's landscape company. At the request of Ohio Governor, Jim Rhodes, Paul created his first public garden railroad for the Ohio State Fair in 1982.
By 1984, he had officially added garden railroads to his company's repertoire, and in 1991, he formed Applied Imagination. This new company was a great artistic convergence of his work with landscaping, garden railroads and his unique use of plant material to create "botanical architecture".
Applied Imagination has created countless award-winning garden railway displays across the country including installations at New York Botanical Garden, United States Botanic Garden in Washington D.C., Chicago Botanic Garden, Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Atlanta Botanic Garden, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Bellagio Conservatory in Las Vegas, and The State Fair of Texas.
Attendance records have repeatedly been broken where Applied Imagination creations have appeared. Most notably, at The New York Botanical Garden, who will celebrate their 23rd anniversary of its Holiday Train Show this year. New York City's Mayor Bloomberg declared this show one of the 5 best things for a family to see in New York City during the holidays.
Paul is now retired, but still remains creatively involved, and the driving force of Applied Imagination lives on through it's enthusiastic artistic crew.