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.