The Train Garden, located inside the Botanical Garden, features buildings made entirely of botanical materials in a layout approximating the layout of the city itself. As visitors walk on a pathway representing the water surrounding New Orleans, they overlook over 1,300 feet of track carrying streetcars and trains like those that traveled the city in the late 1800s to early 1900s, at 1/22 of their actual size.
The garden layout and its buildings were designed and constructed by nationally renowned designer Paul Busse. The structures are built to represent actual structures typical of our house types and are organized by neighborhood. Additionally, neighborhood stops along the walkway give brief insight into the history of the neighborhoods and the train or streetcar lines that served them.
The Train Garden is open during normal Garden hours, but trains operate only on a limited schedule. Currently the trains are operating on weekends and during special events only.