A visit to Shaw’s Garden – the Missouri Botanical Garden
The first weekend of October, I stayed in Webster Groves with high school friends in order to attend the 100th Anniversary events at John Burroughs School. When asked what I might want to do in this short time in the city, my answer was that what is special about St. Louis, to me, is its architecture and its parks. The weather was wonderful, a tad chilly but sunny, and there were several festivals going on around Shaw’s Garden – or, as it’s officially known, the Missouri Botanical Garden. We’d tried going on Saturday but the festivals made parking impossible and we just didn’t have time to see things. But on Sunday, with no scheduled event, a few of us met up at MBG. I had been wanting to go back to the Climatron, the geodesic glass dome that is a conservatory of tropical plants. I hadn’t been inside since high school days, and not on the grounds since a classmate’s wedding around the lily pond there. We did get in – see my photo gallery of the Climatron in a separate post – and also walked through the park, entered Shaw’s old summer home, the Tower Grove House, and then went to enjoy food samples at the Best of Missouri Market / Fall Festival. We could not get to the art fair. But we did have the extra treat of being at the Garden while the “Chihuly in the Garden” exhibit was still up. This post is just a simple sharing of the garden, which is still full of color in early October.
Now I’ve seen some Chihuly in Richmond and St. Louis. It would be fun to see more of his installations and exhibits. If you have a favorite, let me know in the “Leave a Reply” section below.