About the Designer

What one may see as just a piece of bark or a fallen berry, Holiday Train Show® creator Paul Bussee envisions as stone on the Brooklyn Bridge or an ornament on St. Patrick's Cathedral. On a walk through the woods on his property in Alexandria, Kentucky, where he and his wife, Margaret, run their design company Applied Imagination, he and the artists on his team inevitably bring back some interesting tidbit that can be used in crafting one of his magical displays.

Paul's reputation as a designer of wondrous landscapes built around trains and structures made from plant parts took off when he mounted the first Holiday Train Show® for The New York Botanical Garden in 1992. Since then, he has produced special exhibits for many other venues around the country; current work can be viewed at appliedimagination.biz