Dedicated in 1977, the 14-acre Japanese Garden, one of the largest in North America, represents an evolution of centuries of tradition and a multiplicity of distinctly Japanese cultural influences.
There are lots of photo opportunities in this area including several bridges, a dock, overlooks and, of course, the plants.
This is the Henry Shaw home on the grounds of the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Every Christmas they transform the park into a “winter wonderland.” Visitors can follow a path through grounds and see one amazing display after another.
Time for a Spring visit to Missouri’s Botanical Garden. If you look carefully you will find little ponds like this. Hidden in the rocks of the Japanese Garden, this is an interesting little fountain.
A classic scene from Missouri Botanical Garden’s Japanese Garden. This is a tree shot HDR photo combined in Photomatix and edited in Lightroom.
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Climatron
The Climatron simulates a tropical lowland rainforest. In the Climatron there are about 1,200 species of the total estimated 160,000 species of tropical plants. It is an introduction to tropical plants and gives a good glimpse of a warm moist forest. No building can begin to house all of the diverse plant forms found in the tropics, but the Climatron illustrates the structure of the rainforest and many of its special characteristics.
About half of the plants in the Climatron were collected in the field, which gives them more scientific value than plants raised in a greenhouse. The Climatron is also home to representatives of numerous endangered species. Just preserving single specimens of endangered plants cannot save a species. It can help to save a species, however, if these plants are where visitors can see them, learn about them and appreciate them.
St. Louis Botanical Garden’s Lantern Festival. Thousands of porcelain plates were used to create this fountain. This is a six second exposure using f22 to blur the water and add the “star burst” to the lights.
A pair of flowering trees at the Missouri Botanical Garden. This is in the popular Japanese Garden area.
My wife and I took an Easter Weekend walk around the Missouri Botanical Garden. As usual the Japanese Garden was spectacular. Early blooming trees provided the color and in the next few weeks the Tulips and other ground cover be out.
This summer’s Lantern Festival, held at the Missouri Botanical Garden, offers great opportunities to take some great photographs. Here is a simple flower taken in the dark.
Lanterns light the way at Missouri Botanical Gardens