Chinese Culture Days at the Missouri Botanical Garden

On Saturday the weather was beautiful, and festival season has begun in the St. Louis area, so we spent the afternoon at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Chinese Culture Days!

We started at the Cohen Amphitheater, where we saw the “Ethnic Charms of China” demonstration, which included various forms of dance, martial arts performances, and lions and dragons:

We stopped by the Chinese Garden, where we saw a demonstration of a traditional Chinese wedding:

We saw a dragon dance around the Central Axis reflecting pools:

And we saw a Chinese Square Dance, which is VERY different from American square dancing!

The highlight of the day may have been the grand parade, though. We got to see dancers and drummers, lions and dragons, acrobats and martial artists, all in beautiful costumes as they walked by, some performing as they went!

Before we left, we took a walk through the (extremely busy) food court…it looked and smelled delicious!

This was our first visit to Chinese Culture Days, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be our last…it was a lot of fun!

Searching for Spring in St. Louis

I think we can all agree this has been a rough winter. Thankfully, St. Louis hasn’t had snowstorm upon snowstorm like so many places around the country have, but we also haven’t had our normal spring, either. I am hopeful, however, that this morning was the last morning I will wake up to freezing temperatures (until next fall), and today actually ended up being a beautiful day, so I went searching for spring, and I found it in Forest Park!

The Linnean House–April

It’s finally starting to look like spring in St. Louis!

UPDATE: We returned to the Garden on April 21st for Chinese Culture Days, and I couldn’t believe how much the view had changed less than two weeks later!

The 2018 Orchid Show

It’s Orchid Show time at the Missouri Botanical Garden again! Besides the fact that the theme changes every year (this year looks at the “Orchid Mania” of the Victoria era), the variety of orchids on display is always different, sometimes even from week-to-week within a year’s show. I love seeing the different flowers…I always notice interesting details I never really saw before!

I love that this bright spot that begins during the cold, bleak winter leads right into spring…literally! The Orchid Show is open through March 25, by which time spring will have officially arrived here in St. Louis!

The Linnean House–March

If you look really closely, you might notice that the tulips are beginning to make an appearance!

Firestone

While I have on occasion photographed some cool vintage signs of local store chains, I have only once ever photographed a sign belonging to a national chain. But this Firestone sign, from the location on Chippewa in St. Louis, has a great vintage shape, and even has functional neon, so I’m making another exception.