Happy Friday everyone (raise your hand if you’re excited that the weekend is finally here!). I’m super excited because I’m heading to the Indiana Dunes for a fun little beach trip today before I head to Disney World/Florida for two weeks. But before I leave for Disney on Sunday, I wanted to share a little bit more from my trip to St. Louis (I already miss it so much! St. Louis is quickly becoming my favorite weekend getaway destination). One of the many highlights of my little impromptu road trip to St. Louis last weekend was definitely visiting the Missouri Botanical Garden (it was amazing!). If you’ve been following this blog for a while then you already know how much I LOVE flowers, plants and mother nature in general. I love visiting the Lincoln Park Conservatory here in Chicago so when I found out there was a botanical garden in St. Louis, I knew I had to stop by. Trust me, it did NOT disappoint!
The Missouri Botanical Garden offers 79 acres of beautiful horticultural display, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, Henry Shaw’s original 1850 estate home, and one of the world’s largest collections of rare and endangered orchids (and admission into the garden is only $8, talk about a great deal!).
Similar to my visit to the Saint Louis Art Museum, it seemed like I had the Missouri Botanical Garden all to myself (lucky me!). It was so nice being able to wonder around the botanical garden at my leisure and not having to worry about being in other people’s way.
The entire time I was at the Missouri Botanical Garden I just keep thinking to myself “how is this place even real?”. The scenery was just so breathtaking. I literally had to pick my jaw up off of the floor a few times.
The pathway leading up to the Missouri Botanical Garden Climatron, which is a greenhouse enclosed in a geodesic dome, was just gorgeous (I know I’m using that word a lot but there’s just no other way to describe it!). There were so many beautiful statues and scputlures scattered around and there was even a pond filled with water lilies.
The inside of the Climatron was just as beautiful (if not more) than the outside! The Climatron simulates a tropical lowland rainforest and at times, it actually felt like I was trekking through an actual rainforest (the waterfall was particularly cool!).
One of my favorite things about the Missouri Botanical Garden was all the Chihuly sculptures located throughout the garden. I am so in LOVE with Dale Chihuly’s work so I’m always excited whenever I get a chance to see it in person. If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile now then you may remember the time I visited the Chihuly Collection in St. Pete, Florida a few years ago (it was such an AMAZING experience!).
Of course no visit to a botanical garden is complete without encountering a few gorgeous plants and flowers! I’m seriously counting down until my next visit to the Missouri Botanical Garden.