Spend a day at the botanical gardens.
Outdoor garden areas include formal English Gardens, hedge mazes, Japanese gardens and more. Bring your quarters for the Japanese Gardens to get food to feed the Koi. All the gardens are meticulously cared for and beautiful in their own ways.
The gardens also include a rainforest "dome", where you walk through a micro-climate created inside. The size and variety of rain forest flora will amaze you.
You're in for a day of walking to visit all there is to offer. Those with tired feet can always opt for a trolley ride...
This is located off Shaw Blvd, just south of Hwy 40/64 and Forest Park in the Tower Grove area. It is a nice visit, but not as many places/stops were open as they used to be. In fact about 1/2 were closed, or part of administrative facilities. The park features various displays of flowers and designs with ponds and ornate buildings. For $8, it is a bit steep for what you see and get.
The Chihuly Blown Glass exhibit is at the Botanical Gardens till October, 2006. The way that the glass is made to blend in with the garden is truely amazing. Chihuly is a world renown glass artist who is also responcible for the hand-blown glass at the Atlantis Hotel in the Bahamas. The garden is also open Thur and Sat nights. The glass looks even more incredible lit up at night. They serve drinks and give glass blowing demonstrations. During the day admission is $10, At night $15.
Unfortunately Chihuly has moved on, but the Botanical Gardens are still worth a visit.
I have been to many Botanical Gardens and I have to say that this is the best. This is the nicest location in St. Louis and I always look forward to going here.
The grounds are beautiful and the gift shop is outstanding.
The neighborhood around the Gardens is getting much better and quickly. The Botanical Gardens are located close to "The Hill" District which is the Italian Restaurant District.
This is my top rated destination in St. Louis ...and...by far.
On our most recent visit to St. Louis, we were lucky to catch the special Chihuly Exhibit at the famed Missouri Botanical Garden. His amazing pieces were placed strategically throughout the garden, as well as in the domed conservatory (known as the Climatron). If you’ve ever stood in the lobby of the gorgeous Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, you’ll agree that what hangs over your head is equal parts enchanting and mind-blowing: it’s an explosion of color in the form of a delicate glass sculpture and it covers a large part of the ceiling in that lobby. Having already experienced that, I was excited to know Chihuly’s pieces would be on exhibit throughout the Missouri Botanical Garden while we were in St. Louis - and I wasn't disappointed. The Botanical Garden is a lot of fun to visit on any given day (including the childrens’ gardens), but it was extra special with Chihuly’s sculptures on display, integrated into the canopy of foliage and fauna as though they always had a home there.
Incidentally, the Climatron is the world’s first geodesic dome greenhouse, built in 1960 and much loved by the people of St. Louis. The tropical plants (some of which are endangered species) are lush and gorgeous, and if you never make it to the RainForests of South America, then you can at least get a taste of them via the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Admission: Fri thru Sun $12-$16 / Mon thru Thur $10-$14
Open: 8:30am - 5:30pm seven days a week
Visit the Missouri Botanical Gardens (Shaw's Gardens). Even in the winter it's beautiful as the picture here shows.
Has a climatron for a rain forest, a temperate house, a huge japanese gardens, a maze, an Italian gardens, a rose garden, a Linnean house (with lots of camellia in it and a little fountain), a Chinese gardens, Shaw's house, lots of statues throughout the grounds, a test area for growing and teaching, the main building with a restaurant and photo gallery, and lots of beauitiful trails. There's even a LaBeaume English Woodlands!
I'm a guy and I like guy things: sports, beer, food, music, Bond movies... you get the idea. Certainly, I'm not at all into 'botanical gardens.' Spending an afternoon surrounded by flowers? Sounds like torture.
That's why I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Missouri Botanical Garden. It's really nice and even a guy like me has to admit that the flowers sure are bootiful.
Great gardens and nice setting. 12 and under free, $8 adults (you can find BOGO coupons on the internet). Take a camera. I took over 300 pics. Lots of walking, but worth it. If you have kids take quarters for the KOI pond. A handfull of pellets equalls alot of enjoyment when the kids watch these huge fishies gobble up the food.
People don't usually think of going to "Shaw's Gardens"—the Missouri Botanical Gardens—in the wintertime. The Gardens maintains an extensive display of camillias in the Linnaean House, which is located quite close to the main building, The Ridgeway Center. In the summertime, just outside the Linnaean House are planted water lilies. But camillias bloom in the wintertime, mostly in late January and through February. In the deep south, of course, they bloom outdoors. But here in St. Louis, you can see them at the Linnaean house. These large shrubs or small trees bear beautiful flowers that range from red and deep pink through light pink and white. All have a center of small yellow anthers. The Gardens have gone out of their way to make the Linnaean House a beautiful excursion. A long brick walk runs through the modest greenhouse-type building. While camillias don't have a fragrance to speak of, there are jasmine and Russian olive trees in the building which give off a faint but wonderful scent. Also planted under the trees are interesting plants, such as colorful cyclamen and exotic angel wing begonias. There is even a rare yellow Chinese camillia there that blooms late in the season. You owe it to yourself sometime this cold season to stop over to see the camillias and then possibly have lunch in the small restaurant in the Ridgeway Center which in fact has a terrace that overlooks the Linnaean house, which by the way was built in 1882 and is the oldest continuously operated greenhouse conservatory in the U.S.A.
When I worked at a daycare near there we would take the children to the garden on nice days.
I also liked going there even if it was just by myself or with a friend on my day off just to stroll through.
Pretty big place admission is $3.00 for St. Louis residents, $7.00 for non-residents. Free for kids 12 and under. $1.50 for age 65 and up. Hour generally 7 days a week 9am-5pm except holidays. This place has some many varieties gardens like the Climatron conservatory , Victoria Garden, Herb Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Chinese garden, Shoenberg Temperate house and much more. It is very peacefully and relaxing. Bring a book and relax.
This is a collection of several gardens in one place.This a theme park for gardeners,there is something for everyone