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.
Today begins my fourth year of sharing a monthly photo of a Missouri Botanical Garden landmark! I previously photographed the Climatron in 2015, Tower Grove House in 2016, and the Japanese Garden’s Drum Bridge in 2017. This year, I’m going to be looking at how the scenery around the Linnean House changes through the year.
The Linnean House (which was named for Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus), was built in 1882. Its “sister greenhouse” in nearby Tower Grove Park, the Piper Palm House, is actually older than the Linnean House, having been built in 1878, but the Linnean House is the only remaining original greenhouse at the Botanical Garden that was built in Henry Shaw’s day. It also the oldest continually operating public greenhouse west of the Mississippi River!
The Linnean House is one of our favorite places to visit at the Garden. The inside is home to fruit trees (its original function was as an orangery), cacti, and a beautiful collection of camellias. The outside is always beautiful, with seasonal plantings and reflecting pools that not only contain sculptures but are also frequently a display spot for events like Garden Glow and the Lantern Festival. I’m looking forward to watching how the view changes this year, and I certainly got off to a good start with ice and leftover Christmas decorations in the pools outside!
It was unusually warm here this morning (in the 60s!), but that’s set to change dramatically this afternoon/evening, so I decided we should sneak in a trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden while we had the chance. There was a little rain when we first got there, and Chickadee loves any excuse to use an umbrella!
The rained cleared up quickly, and we had a very pleasant walk around the Garden. We especially loved stopping in the Japanese Garden to observe the ducks and geese…Chickadee was very entertained by them!
I love when a cool vintage sign is attached to an equally cool local establishment! We’ve never eaten at the Goody Goody Diner, but it is definitely a St. Louis thing, and after smelling the amazingly delicious cooking smells wafting out of the restaurant on a cold January day, I think we’re going to have to enjoy a breakfast there in the near future!