Going to St. Louis? If so, you must check out the Missouri Botanical Gardens. I love gardens, probably because I love flowers. And, unlike parks, gardens have the feel of a hidden sanctuary. A quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, even if only for a few hours.
Missouri Botanical Gardens is a 79-acre horticulture display of beauty. Walking paths take you through perfectly manicured lawns, fountains, sculptures, and flowers that seem to touch on every color in the spectrum. It also boasts the world’s largest collection of rare and endangered orchids. Founded in 1859, it’s the nation’s oldest botanical garden, and the only one that is a National Historic Landmark.
I got there just as it was opening, which was perfect as it felt like I had the whole place to myself.
Had I had more time, I could have easily spent my day there meandering through the various gardens, or maybe eating lunch at one of the cafes. It’s definitely not to be missed. I actually wished I had more time to spend there. Oh well…there’s always next time.