|The Climatron, the MOBOT's futuristic geodesic dome greenhouse constructed in 1959, seen through the Rock Garden's display of rocky and alkaline plants.|
My husband and I spent the weekend in St. Louis, about a four-hour drive south of here, visiting our good friends and meeting their new baby, and one of the most enjoyable parts of our visit was our trip to see the spring blooms at the Missouri Botanical Gardens (the MOBOT).
Even though we visit the gardens every spring, we never know exactly what will be flowering there during our visit, because there is so much planted in so many different areas of the 79-acre garden, and the variability of the weather and seasons mean that if one visited on the same date (say April 15th, which is around the time we usually go), the gardens would look completely different depending on how early the spring is in a given year, the temperatures, the amount of rain received year-to-date, etc.
So we never tire of seeing the MOBOT in spring. I took many photos during this visit, and even though we didn't visit all the areas this time, the ones we saw were magnificent. In particular, the Japanese Gardens were breathtakingly beautiful (as usual), and we also got to enjoy the Bulb Gardens at their peak, which was absolutely spectacular.
Here are just a few of the best moments we enjoyed:
|The Japanese garden, with cherry trees in bloom.|
|The bridge over the pond in the Japanese Gardens.|
|It took our breath away....|
|Haunting, almost sinister.|
|The extensive displays at the Bulb Gardens.|
|When I saw this, I could feel my bank account draining precipitously from fall bulb orders....|
|Beautiful with Bluebells.|
|It seemed like everything was in flower.|
|A closeup of some of the tulips and hyacinths. The fragrance was entrancing.|
|A few Rembrandt Tulips in the Home Demonstration Gardens.|
|A neon display of tulips, narcissus and crown imperial Fritillaria. I really like the eye-wateringly bright colors!|
|More crown imperial Fritillaria and narcissus in the Ottoman Garden.|
|A lovely spring day. :-)|
I can hardly communicate how wonderful the gardens were this weekend; these photos give a pale indication of the beauty and masterful planting that the MOBOT displays. If you live in the Midwest, I can't recommend highly enough a visit in the spring to experience the glories for yourself.
And the lesson that I take away from my visit (as I have done every spring): that a gardener cannot possibly plant too many spring-flowering bulbs. Most good things are best in moderation, but bulbs are not among them. Flowering trees are also lovely and desirable, but it's bulb plantings that are limited solely by the other thing that one really cannot have too much of: money (especially if one is a gardener!).
Thanks for reading! -Beth