Garden Glow 2017

We didn’t make it to the Member Preview Night of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Garden Glow this year, but we did finally get our chance to visit it this week. It’s such a beautiful event, and I love how they make little changes from year to year, so there’s always a surprise of some kind. One of the most noticeable differences was the color scheme of the Climatron…this year, it’s lit up in blue and white (instead of the green and white of the previous two years), and it looks gorgeous!

Photo Editing

One of the challenges when attending the Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden is figuring out how to best use the photo op stops. Night time photography is still a challenge for me in general, and trying to photograph people and Christmas lights together is particularly frustrating. I keep trying though, and I can usually come up with at least one decent picture.

When I was going through my photos from our visit a few weeks ago, I came upon one that I thought was pretty good, but I decided to try out the “auto enhance” feature in Photos, just to see if I could cut back on some of the glow on the children’s faces. I really don’t edit my photos much at all, beyond cropping, but I have used the auto enhance occasionally in the past, usually with pretty great results.


Version 2

I was not prepared for the difference I would get just from that one edit. I went from a warm red glow, to an almost normal picture with the click of one button. Of course, you pretty much completely lose the effect of the Garden Glow, so in the end, it wasn’t a successful edit, but it was interesting to me to just how the editing program would try to correct and balance the colors and light!

Garden Glow 2016

On Friday, for the second year in a row, we attended the member preview night of the Missouri Botanical Garden “Garden Glow.” Some of it was the same as last year, and a few things were different, which I thought was the perfect combination. There were things we were really looking forward to seeing again (like the “light saber garden” and the tunnel of lights), but we also got to see some new things, too.



This is an incredibly beautiful and well-organized event, and now that we’ve been to it twice, I’m pretty sure it’s a new family tradition!

Tower Grove House–November

Everything looks extra special during the Garden Glow!


Garden Glow

I realize we haven’t even made it to Thanksgiving yet, and here I am posting pictures of Christmas lights. But the Missouri Botanical Garden had a members’ preview night of the Garden Glow last Friday, and of course we were there!

It’s just as beautiful as you might expect, and then some!

It was fun seeing the homes on the property, from the gatekeeper’s cottage to Henry Shaw’s town house, to Tower Grove House, all decked out in white lights:

The tunnel of lights was a huge hit…we went through it twice!


I really loved seeing the gazebo lit up…and the upside-down tree hanging in the middle looked like an over-the-top Victorian kissing ball!

Of course, the crown jewel of the event is the Climatron. You can’t even imagine how it sparkles!

I’m so glad we finally got to see the Garden Glow for ourselves…I hope you get a chance to see it, too!