Our first stop once we got into town was the Missouri Botanical Garden. Holy cow, this place is impressive. According to their website, the Missouri Botanical Garden was founded in 1859 and is the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation. It is a National Historic Landmark, and I can see why. We were only there for a couple of hours, and we needed several more in order to see everything. We didn't even go in the children's garden! I left with a serious case of big-city amenity envy. (More on that in later posts.)
I loved the 14-acre Japanese garden. It was beautiful and serene, and very much appreciated after a full day in the car. It was almost enough to drown out the "Can we go now?" whining that started up when we were about halfway around the lake at the center of that display.
See the whole slideshow here.