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!
We stopped by the Missouri Botanical Garden yesterday to pick up our Garden Glow tickets (I can’t wait!!!), and I also took my photo of the English Woodland Garden for the month. It’s really looking like fall there now, and if you look closely, you can even see the bold color of the beautiful red berries hanging over the stream!
The English Woodland Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden is looking different this month, but it’s not because there’s a lot of fall color. I think they cleaned up some of the excess growth since I visited in September. Maybe next month things will be a bit more colorful!
I have to admit, I was surprised by my own reaction to seeing (and touching) the Stanley Cup. I was excited about it, and thought it would be fun, but as we got closer to the front of the line, my heart started racing and my knees started shaking! And even though I can be something of a germaphobe, I actually kissed the Stanley Cup!!! It was an incredible experience and something I’ll remember forever!
Last week, we finally had time on a pleasant evening to visit Garden Party Lights at the Missouri Botanical Garden. This is a new event that re-used some of the elements from last year’s Flora Borealis, and added in some new things, as well, and we really enjoyed it!
I think my favorite part of the event was watching the different projections on Tower Grove House. It is the perfect backdrop, and the displays were so vibrant and beautiful!
I love the evening events at the Missouri Botanical Garden, because they allow me to see one of my favorite St. Louis locations in a, um, whole new light!
Yes, I already took a photo of the English Woodland Garden this month. But A.) I wasn’t really happy with it; and 2.) We had a rare evening walk around the Missouri Botanical Garden tonight, so of course I had to get an updated (and much-improved) shot:
The leaves may not be changing color in the St. Louis area yet, but I can tell how different the light is as we approach fall just by looking at this month’s photo of the English Woodland Garden…it looks weird compared to every other photo I’ve taken this year!
Today, instead of playing tennis, we visited the Ninja Warrior course at the Carondelet Park Rec Complex in south St. Louis. Chickadee found this course to be much more suitable to her size than the other one we visited in the St. Louis area, and she had a lot of fun trying out the different challenges!
Yesterday we went to the St. Louis Greek Festival, but on Saturday, we were at the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden…Labor Day weekend is a good time for multi-cultural experiences in St. Louis!
This was the third time we attended the Japanese Festival, so we knew to look for some of our favorite performers, including the amezaiku artist and the top spinner:
We also got to watch an ice carver make a beautiful bird out of a huge block of ice:
There is always so much to see around the garden during the festival!
We didn’t have a full meal while we were there, but we did visit the food court, and shared some steamed pork and egg buns and sakura lemonade while walking around:
For the first time, we got to see a fashion and cosplay show…Kirby was definitely my favorite!
We also caught the parade, which seemed shorter this year.
But the biggest attraction was the sumo wrestlers. It’s been years since they had a sumo demonstration at the Japanese Festival, and we’ve never gotten to see anything like it before…it was really cool, and I’m so glad we were there!
This is definitely one of our favorite annual events in St. Louis!