St. Louis Botanical Gardens


My family didn’t take vacations when I was growing up. But at least once a year, we’d drive the 3 hours to the nearest botanical garden, Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. I guess this is pretty normal for a horticulturist. 🙂 I think it’s one of the best in the U.S. It’s 79 acres, and features an exceptional temperate house and a 14 acre Japanese garden. It also has an educational remit, so it has a wide program of events throughout the year. Plus, it also has a world-class horticultural library.

As my mom had to pick R & I up from St. Louis after our time in Chicago,  we went for an afternoon out in the garden. One of the best things about gardens is that every time you go you discover something new. Previously I’ve seen the collections of roses, day-lilies, and peonies. This time the irises were in bloom, and my mom and I spent ages admiring the different varieties. I took so many pictures, but thought I’d restrain myself and share a variety of sights instead. I hope you enjoy them.


One of the mausoleums near the Henry Shaw’s house.


Peony pollen.
Iris. Composition inspired by O’Keeffe:




1 thought on “St. Louis Botanical Gardens”

  1. You’ve got me dying to go to the Botanical Gardens now. I’m sad to have missed the peonies, but after reading this yesterday, I was looking into the roses and they should be really nice right now, assuming that it doesn’t get too hot around here too soon. But I think it is going to be 100+ F this weekend, so maybe no luck. 😦


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