Thursday, September 3, 2009

St Louis Botanical Gardens

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St. Louis Botanical Gardens
Henry Shaw's dream lives on 150 years later. This year, 2009 marks The Sesquicentennial of The St. Louis Botanical Gardens. The words, awesome, incredible, magnificent, beautiful, and wow all come to mind when I think of the visits we've had there. An Englishman, Henry Shaw felt there was more then just beauty to flowers and plants. He understood their importance and felt the science of, the study of to be necessary. His home was the beginning of this dream. He had an exotic orchid collection.

The St. Louis Botanical Gardens covers 79 acres, is opened all seasons with a wide variety of activities for all, regardless of age and interest. You can purchase your tickets on line, park free and rent a motorized scooter if walking presents a problem. The entire garden acreage is disability friendly, accessible for all to enjoy. Ticket prices vary based on age, whether or not you're a member, and a St. Louis county or city resident.

The list of activities to enjoy there is long. You can walk for exercise from 7-9 am, tour on your own, join a guided tour, line up a birthday party, take an educational class, experience special festivals; or summer evening concerts.

Every year 100,000 new specimens arrive at the gardens. The scientific exploration, preservation, and identification that Henry Shaw started so long ago has grown to a global effort. A temperature controlled vault and complete catalog of plant species is something the casual visitors doesn't see, but one that carries forward the importance of Shaw's dream. Plants and flowers provide more than just beauty for our eyes to behold, they improve the air quality we breath, provide medications, keep our soil from eroding. They sustain us in many ways.

I encourage everyone to put this on their list of things to do. I plan to return again, and again.

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  1. Beautiful photos Sandy I always love stopping by to see all the great places you've been and recommend.

  2. I bet the gardens are beautiful and so peaceful!

  3. Wow the garden looks great! I bet the garden has a very soothing aura in it. Photos look beautiful, too! :D

  4. Really pretty photos, as usual. Love the gardens....

  5. I love the botanical gardens. I have never been to the on in St Louis, but I have been to Chicago's, and I loved it.

  6. Hi Sandy, I used to go to the public gardens close to my home in the States to get ideas of plants to put into my own garden. Gardening has always been a pleasure for me so seeing these photos of a well kept garden was a treat.

  7. Love the photos and the gardens as well.
    you have a wonderful blog, keep blogging...

  8. I'm not a good gardener. I kill almost everything and therefor never plant. Well, almost never. Have a couple I'm trying to grow in pots right now...we'll see.

    Birthday Party? Wow, what little girl wouldn't love to have a party in a beautiful flower garden. I'll have to look into that idea with the gardens around here. Thanks for the idea.

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  11. great looking pics! Thanks for sharing them with us! {:-Deb

  12. Gorgeous place!! I wish we lived closer to gardens like this one!

  13. Hi Sandy! I love being with the botanical gardens would be a great place for me to visit... and simply gazing at those lovely blooms can be really relaxing. The topmost third pic from left (blue flowers?) looks interesting. :)

  14. We have a botanical garden at our local zoo, but I have never visited it. Now I want to.

    I also wanted to let you know I posted about how I got all my groceries for $23.

  15. Thanks for sending me over here, Sandy! Your pictures are beautiful and I cannot wait to visit these gardens.

  16. Hi Sandy! My first time here in your comment box ;-)

    You have such lovely captures! I am sure you have been to different places. Thanks for sharing.

    BTW, I truly appreciate your thoughts on my recent post. You've made a great point. I would also love to have that graph which shows the no. of drops made by an EntreCarder.

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  18. It is lovely to see that you have included these beautiful gardens. Sometimes we have to visit somewhere like this not only to see plants at their best but also the ones that we'd really love to grow but sadly don't have success with.
    I think it rather spoils the majority of us as when we see plants in a garden centre or nursery we often take the plunge and purchase a plant that we really know would take a miracle to grow in our own gardens.

    Lovely pictures, Sandy!

  19. Beautiful shots and write up. This was one place in St. Louis I did not get to see. Thanks for sharing this location, I will have to keep it in mind if we ever get back out that way!

  20. the surroundings are stunning. hope you had a nice relaxing time

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  21. It was a beautiful garden. Flowers everywhere, I love the pics!

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