Hello! Welcome to my second post of our first day of our spring vacation. The morning of our first day was spent visiting The Gateway Arch; from there we drove just a few miles to visit the Missouri Botanical Gardens. As most of my readers already know, I love to garden and I have a very large perennial garden of my own; so every time we travel, I always like to visit the local botanical gardens of the city we are visiting. Well, during this road trip we went to four major cities, and we only had time to visit one garden, so I chose the Missouri Botanical Gardens because they are the oldest botanical gardens in the United States.
First of all, I can't even begin to tell you what sheer joy it was to feel warm air, and see flowers, trees and grass again. When we left Wisconsin it was in the forties and there were still patches of snow on the ground. After driving only about eight hours south, we started to see grass and feel warm air. Oh, it was wonderful! I was so happy that I will get to experience my favorite season twice this year; once on this vacation, and when it ever makes it way to Wisconsin (still waiting for that!).
Here is a lovely picture of some gorgeous pink hyacinths, daffodils, and blue grape hyacinths. Needless to say I got down on my knees to smell these beauties!
Outside of this building is a lovely patio of raised garden beds and tile paths. There is also another pretty water feature in the middle.
This was one of my favorite trees. I love it's massive pink and white blooms and how they cover the ground with petals as they fall. It's so romantic. Did you know that in China this is called The Princess Tree? Traditionally, this tree is planted every time a baby girl is born, and when she is married the tree is cut down and items are made of it's bark for the bride's dowry. What a beautiful tradition!
Have a great day! Amy