Snowy Garden

Here are a few more pictures from my walk in the winter wonderland that was the Missouri Botanical Garden on Sunday. While the garden is beautiful in the spring with all the flowers blooming, I think this might be my favorite way to see it, covered in snow!

The English Woodland Garden–January, Part Two

I know I just shared a picture of this year’s “MoBot Through the Year” location last week, but St. Louis was lucky enough to be blanketed with 10 inches of snow this weekend, so of course I have to share another, this time including a frosty white blanket:

The English Woodland Garden–January

I won’t lie…I had a really difficult time selecting a location for my monthly photo series at the Missouri Botanical Garden this year, the fifth year I will have undertaken this project. There are just so many beautiful spots! Originally, I was thinking about either the Chinese Garden or the Ottoman Garden, but when I asked the Garden what they thought on Twitter, they suggested the English Woodland Garden in addition to those two. So yesterday, I took a walk through the English Woodland Garden, and I decided it really is the perfect spot. It’s very different from the locations I’ve done so far, because there are no structures in the shot. It also includes flowing water, which is different…while I’ve had reflecting pools in two of my photo series (in front of the Climatron and the Linnean House), and the big lake in the Japanese Garden in a third, I’ve never included a stream before.

I’m really excited about photographing this spot…I can’t wait to see how it changes throughout the year!

The Top Five–Photos of 2018

It’s time for a look back at my top five favorite photos from 2018! They can be organized into two categories…pictures from our trips to Chicago, and pictures from the Missouri Botanical Garden.

First, a picture of the Chicago skyline from outside the Adler Planetarium in January:

And a picture of Lake Michigan from Glencoe Beach:

We were back in Chicago in May, and I loved the poppies at the Chicago Botanic Garden:

We visited Chinese Culture Days at the Missouri Botanical Garden for the first time, and the dragon was a huge hit!

Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden is always one of favorite events:

My children will accuse me of “cheating,” but I’m adding two bonus photos anyway…not necessarily because they’re great pictures, but because they have such great memories attached to them. First, this picture from our trip to Florida of Bunny at Diagon Alley, which is pretty much the happiest I’ve ever seen her:

And the picture I took of Chickadee the day we went pumpkin picking, and she got “baby porcupines” stuck to her boots. Two months later, and the memory still makes me giggle!

I’m already looking forward to the pictures I will take in 2019…I can’t wait to see what special memories I capture!

The Linnean House Through the Year

Here’s a look back at how the view of the Linnean House at the Missouri Botanical Garden changed throughout the year:

Garden Landmarks at Gardenland Express

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!

The Linnean House–December

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!

Garden Glow 2018

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!