Treasures: New York Botanical Garden

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The Botanical Garden has served as a natural haven for New York City dwellers and out-of-town visitors alike for over 120 years.

Dr. Oliver Sacks discusses how the Garden inspires him and his work, and the therapeutic effect of nature on his patients.

Barbara Thiers, Director of The William and Lynda Steere Herbarium at the New York Botanical Garden, reveals the inner workings of this unique collection of over 7 million dried plant specimens.

Peek behind the scenes of The New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show, featuring large-scale model railway trains and New York landmarks, from Penn Station to the Empire State Building.

Each miniature is crafted out of unconventional materials. The Statue of Liberty's robe is made of palm fronds. Her torch is fashioned from a dried monarch flower inside a pomegranate half.

These unique, botanical models are designed and built in Northern Kentucky. A model can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to complete. This is a replica the Original Penn Station.

This model of The Brooklyn Bridge is crafted out of tree branches and bark.

"It's like working for Johnny Appleseed, Frank Lloyd Wright and Santa Clause all at the same time." Setting up the Holiday Train Show is a week-long affair. This is a scene from midtown Manhattan.

Stephen Sinon, Head of Archives at the New York Botanical Garden's LuEsther Mertz Library, gives a tour of the library and its sprawling collection.

"Sandy was the most devastating storm in The Garden's history." The VP of Horticulture and the Manager of Thain Family Forest discuss the impact of Hurricane Sandy on The Garden.

"It's very simple, but it's very very important." Treasures of New York explores The New York Botanical Garden.

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