The 12 Days of Christmas at the Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden had a new section of the Garden Glow this year, featuring the “12 Days of Christmas.” I thought it was a pretty cool display, especially because it was so interactive. There were places to pose, pipes and drums to play, and puppet lords for leaping, in addition to great Christmas lights (I especially enjoyed the three French hens at the Eiffel Tower!). I hope they keep it around next year, because it was really fun!

Eleven Pipers Piping

Twelve Drummers Drumming

The Drum Bridge Through the Year

I never did decide on just one angle for my Drum Bridge photos this year, so I have two galleries to share, and I love them both! The changes throughout the year were very obvious, and I am always struck by the awesome beauty of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Japanese Garden!

Seriously, there is truly no bad place from which to photograph this bridge, and every season has its own unique beauty, from snow to changing leaves, and everything in between!

I’m already looking forward to photographing the Linnean House monthly next year!

Gardenland Express

It’s train show time at the Missouri Botanical Garden!

This is the third year we’ve visited Gardenland Express, and I love that each show has been very different from the last. Different buildings come out each time, and different decorations. This year has a Mexican theme, which is obvious, even beyond the expected poinsettias.

Of course, it’s not just a train show…it’s also a flower show. It’s so nice to see so many colorful varieties at this time of year!

There are other lovely decorations, too, including a poinsettia-covered Christmas tree!

This is such a fun part of the Christmas activities at the Garden, and you could spend a whole afternoon just searching for all the little details hidden away in the scenes!

Holiday Trimmings at the Kemper Center

It’s “gourdament” time at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Kemper Center!

They’re all so amazingly creative, but I actually didn’t have a difficult time choosing a favorite this year…this one immediately caught my eye, and I love it!

In addition to the gourdaments, there are other natural decorations on the tree, as well. The bows are made out of very velvety leaves!

The children love finding the hidden “Henry Shaw” in the tree, and the prizes are always adorable!

Part of its beauty is in its uniqueness…you’re not going to find many Christmas trees like this one!

There is also a cute display outside the Kemper Center. If you walk all the way around the central planter, you’ll see several different woodland creatures hidden among the flora:

I love all the different ways the Missouri Botanical Garden finds to decorate for Christmas every year!

2017 Wreath Auction

It’s time for the Holiday Wreath Auction at the Missouri Botanical Garden again! I always look forward to seeing the wreaths on display, because they’re all so unique and creative. You’d think at some point, there would be no original ideas left, and yet every year, the wreaths are completely new!

It can be hard to choose a favorite, because they’re all so beautiful, but this year, it was easy…the wreath inspired by Degas’ Little Dancer:

Even if you can’t put in a bid on one of these creations (we never have), it’s worth a walk through the Visitors’ Center just to admire all the different ways the wreaths are constructed!

A Victorian Christmas at Tower Grove House

I love how seeing Tower Grove House at the Missouri Botanical Garden is decorated for Christmas every year. Some things are always the same, and yet there are elements of the design I somehow never noticed before…until I look back at my old pictures, and realize that I have previously photographed the very thing I thought was new! And there are always some things that are¬†different. No matter how I look at it, though, even though it’s always vaguely familiar, it’s also always new and exciting to me!