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Welcome


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Welcome


Applied Imagination is a nationally recognized, award winning crew of creative artists, botanical architects and landscape designers producing original public garden exhibits, seasonal displays and garden railways.

 

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Exhibition Schedule


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Exhibition Schedule


SUMMER 2014


Chicago Botanic Gardens–Summer Railway

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 

Fernwood Botanic Garden–Niles, MI

Summer Railway Garden Open May 1st

Lauritzen Gardens–Omaha, NE

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. 

Morris Arboretum–Philadelphia, PA

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.

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STATE FAIR of TEXAS–Dallas, TX

Greenhouse on the Midway Garden Railway Display - Sept 26 to Oct 26, 2014

WINTER/HOLIDAY 2014


Chicago Botanic Gardens–Wonderland Express 

November 28, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (with exceptions)

Columbus Public Library–Columbus OH

Open December 1, 2014 through January 4, 2015

EITELJORG Museum–Indianapolis, IN

'JINGLE RAILS'

Nov. 22, 2014 - Jan. 18, 2015

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park–Grand Rapids, MI

Open Nov 25, 2014 through January 4, 2015

Krohn Conservatory–Cincinnati, OH

November 15, 2014 through January 4, 2015

New York Botanic Garden–Bronx, NY

Opening November 22, 2014 through January 11, 2015

United States Botanic Garden–Washington, D.C.

Opening November 22, 2014 through January 4, 2014

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Videos


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Videos


Tracks of Imagination on KET's Kentucky Muse featuring Paul Busse and Applied Imagination. © KET

Holiday Train Show with David Hartman featuring Paul Busse and Applied Imagination. © 2007 Wickford Junction Productions, Inc.

Locomotion in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Treasures of New York Holiday Train Show featuring Paul Busse and Applied Imagination. © WNET New York Public Media

The Bellagio Conservatory trains set to music.

Applied Imagination featured on CBS Early Show

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About


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About


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.

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Blog


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Blog