Missouri Botanical Garden
Missouri Botanical Garden is a wonderful place for both the nature lover and the photographer. This beautiful garden in St. Louis Missouri was started in 1859.
St. Louis Attraction
National Historic Landmark
The Missouri Botanical Garden was opened in 1859 and is the oldest continously operating botanical garden in the USA. The garden features 79 acres of gardens and Henry Shaw's original 1850's estate home.
The garden is home to one of the world's largest collection of rare and endangered orchids. In addition the garden is seen as a center for botanical research and science education.
I have always enjoyed visiting the garden, but never really appreciated all that it had to offer till I took a five week photography course at the garden. In these few weeks I discovered the garden had so much more to offer than I had realized.
I was familiar with the Japanese garden, the Climatron, and the Children's garden and had throoughly enjoyed visiting these areas. In the class I was also introduced to the wonderful Chinese garden and the English style woodlands garden. I had missed both of these areas on previous visits.
With 79 acres, there is always something new to explore and with the changing seasons it never looks quite the same. I look forward to many more visitis to this St. Louis treasure.
Flowers Change with the Seasons
Missouri Botanical Garden
The flowers at the botanical gardens are always changing. I have been taking a garden photography class(Garden Photography) and have been visiting the garden each week for five weeks. It is really interesting to see the changing flowers and flowering shrubs. One week there was a bed full of purple delphium and the next week that bed was completed replanted with some tropical looking ferns.
Art and Sculpture at the Garden
There are many works of art at the garden. Several years ago the artist Chihuly had an exhibit at the garden with many pieces throughout the garden. After the exhibit was over several of the pieces of art remained. This one of the yellow glass sculpture over the trellis of the rose garden is one of my favorites.
The Climatron is often seen as a symbol of the Missouri Botanical Garden. It covers 1/2 acre and is a beautiful tropical paradise. This climate controlled building is the home to over 1400 species of tropical plants. It also has several pools and waterfalls and tropical birds that add to the tropical rainforest setting.
Calming waters throughout the Garden
In addition to the beautiful flower and plant life in the garden you will find many water features. It starts when you first enter the gardens with a beautiful entrance waterfall. The photograph to the left shows the waterfall that is near the entrance to the Japanese gardens. You will also find many small streams that flow throughout the park such as the ones depicted on the botanical garden gifts below. This stream was located in the woodland garden section of the garden.
stroll around the garden
One of my favorite places to visit is the Japanese garden. This garden is 14 acres with a 4 acre lake. There is a path around the lake and as you take a stroll you will see many beautiful flowers. Cherry blossoms, chrysanthemums,peonies,azaleas, and lotus are just a few of the flowers that visitors enjoy during their seasons. The fall also brings beautiful colors to the garden and the quiet streams and waterfalls add to the serene setting.