Jun 09

Missouri Botanical Garden: The Best Around

Japanese GardenIf you like botanical gardens then you will fall in love with the Missouri Botanical Garden because it is just that wonderful.  First opened in 1859 the Missouri Botanical Garden has grown to become one of the finest botanical gardens in the United States as well as a National Historic Landmark.  With 75 acres of space and many different themed gardens as well as several annual cultural festivals and live music there is always something to see here.  Make sure you check out their website to see what is going on and what is in bloom before your visit.St. Louis GardenKaren and I have been to the Missouri Botanical Garden twice and it is the only botanical garden that we have visited more than once so that should give you a pretty good idea of how nice of a garden it is.  Every time we visit Saint Louis, one of our favorite cities we have been to, the first thing on Karen’s list to see is this garden.  Karen just loves how well maintained the garden is, the plants are well manicured, the grounds spotless and just the amount of variety there is to see means she could never get bored with the place.  Now, I am not a gardening person in fact I dislike taking care of plants after having spent three hot long summers in my youth working in at a plant nursery, but I even like this one.GardenThe Missouri Botanical Garden has several premier garden areas including the Seiwa-en Japanese Garden which is said to be the largest Japanese Garden in North America.  The Climatron is a must see domed greenhouse that recreates a lowland rainforest with over 1500 plants.  Another beautiful spot is their English Woodland Garden because in the spring hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas will be at the height of their beauty.  Last but certainly not the end of what the Missouri Botanical Garden has in store for its visitors is the Victorian District which promises an authentic experience of gardening during the Victorian age.Missouri Botanical GardenNot only is the garden packed with beautiful plants but the architecture of the buildings and the artwork of glass and stone sculptures make it much more than a typical botanical garden.  If you think this is only for the adults you would be wrong because they also have the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden which has a splash area, slides, tree house, and a frontier fort so bring the kiddos also since admission for them, as long as they are not a teenager, is free.Red and White LilyKaren and I have always enjoyed our visits to the Missouri Botanical Garden.  We recommend that you go early in the day because by late afternoons you might run into some wedding parties and those areas of the garden will be off limits.  Make sure you bring comfortable shoes because at 75 acres the garden is a little bit more than just your average stroll yet because there is so much to see it will feel a lot smaller than it actually is since there is not a dull spot in the whole place. Saint Louis should be proud to have such a wonderful garden.

To see our other botanical garden reviews click hereSaint Louis GardenMissouri Botanical Garden
Located at 4344 Shaw Blvd St Louis, MO
Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Monday through Sunday extended morning hours on Wednesday and Saturday when the grounds open up at 7 a.m. closed on Christmas Day
Cost as of this Posting: Ages 13 and over $8
For more information visit their website at http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/

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