Last night was the member preview night for the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Christmas event, Garden Glow. This is one of my favorite holiday events of the year, and even though we’ve had our family Christmas tree up for a few weeks, this always marks the true beginning of the celebratory Christmas season for me.
As always, I loved that there were familiar elements, and a few new surprises, as well. And, as always, today I’m sad at the thought that I have to wait an entire year (more or less) before I get to go back to Garden Glow again!
It’s Garden Glow time at the Missouri Botanical Garden! We attended the member preview night on Friday, and as always, we had a fantastic time.
Right off the bat, we were greeted by a new display in the fountain at Spoehrer Plaza. The lights in the center of the tree changed colors…I liked this particular combination best. I think it was a great addition to the decorations!
As always, some things were the same, and some were different. The biggest difference, though, was the snow that was still on the ground following our November snowstorm. We’ve never seen the lights of the Garden Glow reflecting off of snow before, and it looked amazing!
They had a 12 Days of Christmas display again this year, but they changed a few of the decorations, and I really like the updates…some of them show the Garden staffs’ great sense of humor!
There was even fake snow at the end, which just enhanced the Christmas-y atmosphere:
As always, I can’t recommend this event enough. It’s such a pleasant way to spend an evening, and see the Garden in a whole new light!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!