I was a little worried that we weren’t going to make it to the Gardenland Express holiday flower and train show at the Missouri Botanical Garden this year. The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas was so short, and December was so busy, we just couldn’t find the time. Finally, Saturday morning, we were able to venture out, and I’m glad we did, because the theme of a Victorian-style holiday with a heavy emphasis on oranges (The Linnean House, the oldest greenhouse west of the Mississippi, was originally built as an orangery), was unique and fun! I really loved the unexpected color palette and the local landmarks on display!
And of course I look for any chance I can find to take a picture of the Fab Five:
We always look forward to visiting the Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden, and I think this year’s show was my favorite yet! I especially liked it because it contains so many garden landmarks:
The rest of the display is quite lovely, too…I really enjoyed the flocked trees!
I’m always amazed by how much attention to detail goes into this show…I can’t wait to see what they have planned for next year!
And just like, we’ve made it through another series of “MoBot through the Year” photos!
Just kidding. Kind of. When I saw the Linnean House in miniature at the Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show, I knew I had to get a picture of it. Here’s the real picture to round out 2018:
I’m still considering my options for my fifth year of monthly photos at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Right now, the Ottoman Garden and the English Woodland Garden at the top of my list, but you’ll have to wait until 2019 to see what I choose!
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!
This is only the second year we visited the Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pretty sure the theme would be different (it was), but how about the displays themselves? Would they be the same? (They weren’t.)
This year’s theme is “Home for the Holidays,” and focuses on four plant families from around the world, which include popular holiday plants. It was fun to see familiar buildings and flowers from last year arranged in new ways…it was like visiting an entirely new town!
Another fun Christmas event at the Missouri Botanical Garden is the Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show. In addition to charming vignettes depicting different wintry scenes, there are conifers from around the world, poinsettias, and other beautiful flowers:
It’s amazing to me how much there can be to do at the Botanical Garden during a time of year when there is so little life outside. Christmastime is definitely full of fun activities there, however, so it’s worth your time to stop by and check it out!