Monday, April 05, 2010

Missouri Botanical Garden

We spent part of Spring Break 2010 in St. Louis. This is one of my kids' favorite places to go, because they love staying in a hotel with an indoor pool. Despite our best efforts, we can't get them to understand that they have those in every city.

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.)

In the background of the above picture, you see a big dome. That is where the rainforest display is housed. The kids loved it in there, as did all the photographers. Chip wasn't the only person running around in there with a big lens.

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.


Stacey Greenberg said...

you didn't go to the children's garden? what?

i love the chiluly stuff there.

Unknown said...

We spent our spring break planting a garden. It looks just like that.

Anonymous said...

That is the one place we haven't been in St. Louis. Well, looks like we need to go back!

Ann Flower said...

What a beautiful garden! I would have loved to walk there, and see all the gorgeous flowers! Thanks for sharing