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City in bloom
By Kimberly Bretz

The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis was founded in 1859 by Henry Shaw. A longtime fixture in the city, it's a National Historic Landmark and the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation.

It is well known for its botanical research and science education and also serves as a refuge in nature from the busy city. The garden occupies 79 acres, filled with beautiful flowers, trees, greenhouses, reflecting pools, sculptures, fountains, architecture, animals and more. 

The site is divided into several areas, including the Japanese Garden, the Chinese Garden, the Ottoman Garden, the Children's Garden and two magnificent rose gardens. Reflecting pools featuring water lilies are popular with visitors, especially the area called the Central Axis, which features three reflection pools leading up to the Climatron. The Climatron, a geodesic domed conservatory, is home to more than 1,400 tropical species in a rainforest-like setting. 

As a leader in conservation and sustainability, the garden goes above and beyond reduce, reuse and recycle and is even home to Sassafras, Missouri's first green-certified restaurant. Education is also an important staple of the Missouri Botanical Garden. It offers numerous  classes and programs for children, families and adults. For more information, visit www.mobot.org. 

More photos are on pages 62-65.

 

Story published Friday, July 1, 2011 ( Volume 6, Number 4 )

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