When we visited the Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden last weekend, we saw the two pieces from the “Origami in the Garden” exhibition we missed during our previous visit:
We may have seen all of the sculptures now, but there’s still one I haven’t photographed successfully…hopefully I’ll getting a better picture of it this summer, maybe even during one of the “Origami After Hours” evening events!
When we walked through the Climatron last weekend, we saw some familiar plants, but also some I don’t remember seeing before. I can’t decide if they’ve added some new varieties since the last time we were there (which was at least 15 months ago), or if it’s just been so long that I’ve forgotten what we normally see!
On Sunday we visited the Missouri Botanical Garden after church, and walked through the Climatron for the first time in I don’t know how long. Chickadee was very excited to see the waterfall again!
I’ve never really considered myself to be a Disney person. But when I saw this dress by Disney, inspired by what might be the most famous geodesic dome, Spaceship Earth, I feel in love. Luckily for me, Ryan happened to notice, and bought me this beautiful dress for my birthday last month!
The print and simple colors of grey and white really appealed to me. And while the skirt isn’t as full as lot of the skirts I wear, it does have a nice flare:
I especially love the accessorizing options, because this dress goes with everything! Here I’m wearing purple and silver (with just a splash of blue on my brooch), but I’m looking forward to pairing it with yellow, pink, and darker shades of grey (and probably other colors, too!).
Did I mention that St. Louis is also home to a fairly notable geodesic dome at the Missouri Botanical Garden? I think this dress will also be a great option for the next time we visit the Climatron!
I really love seeing how things change at the Missouri Botanical Garden, whether it’s throughout the different seasons of the year, or just during a single day as the light changes. The Climatron is a great example of this…in just a few short hours, it went from beautiful to magical!
There is no bad time of day at the Garden!
This summer, the Missouri Botanical Garden has a special exhibit in the Climatron…Garden of Glass by Craig Mitchell Smith. The members’ preview night was Saturday, and we were very eager to attend! On the advice of the woman at the membership desk, we made sure our ticketed entry time was after dark, and we were definitely not disappointed!
Most of the glass works are in the Climatron, but there are displays in the Visitors’ Center, above the fountain outside it, in the Linnean House, and near the tram shelter. The pieces in the Climatron are beautifully lit, with the lights frequently changing colors. There are flowers, dragonflies, butterflies…even a phoenix! Some of them look unbelievably lifelike, and it’s hard to tell what in the Climatron is glass and what is actual plants!
You have to stop and really look closely at the flowers to appreciate all the details:
The fountain in front of the Visitors’ Center is lit up in a rainbow of colors:
The Garden is always beautiful, of course, but there is something special about seeing it lit up at night!
Garden of Glass will be on display through August 13. Tickets are available for both day and evening viewing, but from what we saw while we were there, I definitely think it’s best viewed after dark (evening admissions are available Thursdays-Saturdays). Make sure to take your time and really take in the show…way too many people were rushing through it the night we were there, and missing things! Like the Garden Glow, and every other special exhibit we’ve visited at the Garden over the last few years, I highly recommend it…they always put on a great show!
After we received a gift membership to the Missouri Botanical Garden for Christmas last year, I decided we should make a point to visit the garden at least once a month. And I figured if we were going to be there every month, I’d take a picture of the Climatron each month, just to see how it changed with the seasons. We got to see it on clear and cloudy days, with snow in front of it, lit up at night for the Lantern Festival and the Garden Glow, and with the reflecting pools out front drained and full. It was fun to see how the view changed over the course of the year!
Since we renewed our membership, I’m thinking of doing something similar next year, but with a different landmark…possibly Tower Grove House. It will be fun to pay attention to how another part of the garden changes with the seasons!
Ending a year of photos of the Climatron pretty much the way it began!