Gardenland Express 2019

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:

Merry Christmas!

Gardenland Express

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!

Gardenland Express

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!

Gardenland Express

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!