The Garden Glow

The Garden Glow

This is one of my favorite photos of the night.  My husband took this one I think.  The Climatron is in the distance, and you see the reflecting pools.
This is one of my favorite photos of the night. My husband took this one I think. The Climatron is in the distance, and you see the reflecting pools. | Source

What Is The Garden Glow?

The Garden Glow is a nighttime event at Missouri Botanical Garden. It is an annual event, with this year marking it second year. So it is relatively new, and I was so disappointed to miss the first year. Basically, there are tons of colorful lights on a garden glow path throughout the garden. This isn't all however. There are carolers at one point along the path, as well as music at intervals throughout.

Henry Shaw's Victorian era house, is simply stunning. The decorations inside and out are worth looking at, alone. You can tour inside the home, which a nice and refreshing thing to do especially if it is cold outside! You can warm up. It is a relatively quick tour inside the house.

You will find stations along the way, where there are snacks, hot cocoa, s'mores, etc. It doesn't cover the entire garden, as it is very large, and would be nearly impossible. It does cover a much larger section than I thought it would!

Tickets are sold for this event, and begin in November, through January. This gives a false sense of security, that you will find some extra time to go, but I wouldn't put it off! The time flies through the holidays as you know, and this is an event you don't want to miss.

The Victorian Home of Henry Shaw at Christmas

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A beautiful Victorian Home that was able to be toured.Victorian Home Lit Up at Christmas.  Henry Shaw's Old Home
A beautiful Victorian Home that was able to be toured.
A beautiful Victorian Home that was able to be toured. | Source
Victorian Home Lit Up at Christmas.  Henry Shaw's Old Home
Victorian Home Lit Up at Christmas. Henry Shaw's Old Home | Source

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What it Was Like at the Garden Glow

Our experience was amazing at the Garden Glow. We had advanced tickets, and you arrive at a particular time. They have arranged it in such a way that the most people get the maximum benefit out of the event, without having overcrowding issues, etc.

Upon arriving, you drive into the entrance to see lights that make it look as if snow is falling down around you on either side. I have never seen lights like this. When we saw that, we knew it was going to be great, because just that was impressive, before we even got into the door!

Some had spoken of the recent protestors in the news in St. Louis, being at the garden entrance, but this was no longer the case the night we went there. I couldn't have imagined it anyway, but there really is no need to worry about that aspect of it.

Upon going inside, you are directed to the entrance to the garden, where you immediately see beautiful lights all around, and particular displays are already breathtaking. You head down the path to the right, and there are colorful lights lighting up the path on the way to the Climatron building. It is was all lit up, as the photos show, in green lights. You no sooner curve around the Climatron, than you see a lit up tunnel, which was simply magical!

The tunnel was lit in red lights mostly, and was lovely to experience. We spent a little time i there, and it was so much fun. It was a good spot to get a couple of pictures!

Then, you curve on and around toward Henry Shaw's house. The outside is simply gorgeous and classy, but the inside is dressed up also for the holidays! You are able to take a tour into Shaw's home. Even if the line looks long, it is actually very quick to get inside and go through the halls to peek into the different bedrooms. Life was so much simpler, and unique, and things reflect that.

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Beautiful home, decorated for the holidays.  There was an amazing scene inside the window also.  Just beautiful, and the picture doesn't capture it. Beautiful home, on the way from Henry Shaw's home.  Decorated inside and out, very beautifully.  The pictures don't do any of this justcie. The pictures don't do the Garden Glow any kind of justice, but picture this and so much more. Henry Shaw's Victorian Home, beautifully lit up at night. Part of the Victorian Garden area lit up. There is a beautiful statue there, this is the back view of it.
Beautiful home, decorated for the holidays.  There was an amazing scene inside the window also.  Just beautiful, and the picture doesn't capture it.
Beautiful home, decorated for the holidays. There was an amazing scene inside the window also. Just beautiful, and the picture doesn't capture it. | Source
Beautiful home, on the way from Henry Shaw's home.  Decorated inside and out, very beautifully.  The pictures don't do any of this justcie.
Beautiful home, on the way from Henry Shaw's home. Decorated inside and out, very beautifully. The pictures don't do any of this justcie. | Source
The pictures don't do the Garden Glow any kind of justice, but picture this and so much more.
The pictures don't do the Garden Glow any kind of justice, but picture this and so much more. | Source
Henry Shaw's Victorian Home, beautifully lit up at night.
Henry Shaw's Victorian Home, beautifully lit up at night. | Source
Part of the Victorian Garden area lit up. There is a beautiful statue there, this is the back view of it.
Part of the Victorian Garden area lit up. There is a beautiful statue there, this is the back view of it. | Source

Lights, Lights, and More Lights!

Upon leaving Henry Shaw's home, you enter into the herb garden, and around to the side of the house. There is a beautiful angel there, whose shadow is cast high up onto the side of the building. It is pretty stunning to see! Up in the trees nearby, are these neat lights that are very classic looking, and illuminate a tree. We decided we want some of those for our trees in the future!

You continue along the garden glow path, to where you see a mirrored building, that is reflecting lights from the other side of the garden. The building opposite is lit up beautifully, and through the trees you get more of that magical feeling that many of us love during the holidays!

Staying along the path, meant everyone was walking in the same direction, which was nice. You came next to more lights near a fountain area, then a neat gazebo with carolers! There were four carolers, two men and two women. They were taking requests from people in the crowd, and seemed to be singing mostly Christmas songs that people requested. They sounded simply heavenly! I will try to post a video I took of one of the songs I taped. There were many musical parts of the night, but this was live, and just about my favorite.


Angel in Shadow and Light - Sculpture

Reflection of an angel, and lights. An amazing shadow is cast!
Reflection of an angel, and lights. An amazing shadow is cast! | Source

Man Made Structures Lit Up, as well as Nature

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Some lights on a beautiful building! More lit up trees at the Garden Glow, with purple, green and blue lights.
Some lights on a beautiful building!
Some lights on a beautiful building! | Source
More lit up trees at the Garden Glow, with purple, green and blue lights.
More lit up trees at the Garden Glow, with purple, green and blue lights. | Source
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Henry Shaw's beautiful Victorian Era HomeIn the beautiful Victorian Garden areaScience Building, Lit up, with luminaries along the path to it. It was so beautiful!  Much more than I could capture.
Henry Shaw's beautiful Victorian Era Home
Henry Shaw's beautiful Victorian Era Home | Source
In the beautiful Victorian Garden area
In the beautiful Victorian Garden area | Source
Science Building, Lit up, with luminaries along the path to it. It was so beautiful!  Much more than I could capture.
Science Building, Lit up, with luminaries along the path to it. It was so beautiful! Much more than I could capture. | Source
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A beautiful, non pine tree lit up!Beautiful lights in the reflecting poolTrees lit up!  The larger tree in back, is simply remarkable.  How they have it lit up like that, is beautiful, and shows some real talent I think!
A beautiful, non pine tree lit up!
A beautiful, non pine tree lit up! | Source
Beautiful lights in the reflecting pool
Beautiful lights in the reflecting pool | Source
Trees lit up!  The larger tree in back, is simply remarkable.  How they have it lit up like that, is beautiful, and shows some real talent I think!
Trees lit up! The larger tree in back, is simply remarkable. How they have it lit up like that, is beautiful, and shows some real talent I think! | Source

The Victorian Garden Area, Maze, Etc.

Next, we came to the part where you get to more of the Victorian area, where the human sized maze is. There are beautiful structures there in the vicinity. The lights really brought it to life. I wish I could have captured it better with my camera.

This took us along a path and back out towards the entrance. Before we got there however, we passed the Climatron and pool area, where we saw a better view of it. It was remarkable, and probably my favorite part of the evening. My husband got some really neat shots with his camera phone, that were impressive.

We saw more trees lit up, and we went around to the side where the Ottoman garden is, and the Linnean house and the lights danced to the music there. It was incredible. This then led us back toward the front of the garden, where there was the best of all the "photo shoot" areas. There was a human sized, walk in snow globe, for a photo op! People were lined up to get their photos taken in there, but it was such a busy night that we decided against it.

We had had the best time. It was much more enjoyable than I had even anticipated! Upon leaving the garden, we drove through the lights of "falling snow", which were beautiful, magical.

After this, we decided to have dinner on the Hill, the historical, Italian part of town. It has many bakeries and restaurants. We went to one of our favorite places, "Anthonino's", which was newly reopened. It was a wonderful dinner!

As for recommending this event, the Garden Glow, I cannot recommend it enough! I hope if you ever were to get the chance to be in the area as I was, that you could also get the chance to go. I don't think you would regret it. I just recommend calling in advance, to make sure they have openings in the time slot you want. It's a relaxing, fun, beautiful evening for the family or with friends, or a date night. I am so thankful for this Botanical Garden, and all its offerings.

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Multi colored lights at the Linnnean House areaApproaching the Linnean House, one of the most beautiful buildings.  Facing the Climatron, near the pools of water.
Multi colored lights at the Linnnean House area
Multi colored lights at the Linnnean House area | Source
Approaching the Linnean House, one of the most beautiful buildings.
Approaching the Linnean House, one of the most beautiful buildings. | Source
Facing the Climatron, near the pools of water.
Facing the Climatron, near the pools of water. | Source

Carolers at the Garden Glow

Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Garden

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A place I love, the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Garden Glow is a must see, if you ever get the chance.

Garden Glow - Lights and Music

I have put several pictures in thumbnail form, and to see them all simply double click on one of the images. This will allow for you to view them all in an easy manner, and to get a better feel for the garden glow at Missouri Botanical Garden. This wonderful event runs through January third, so if you can make it, do try! Thank you for your visit, and I wish you a Merry Christmas or however you like to enjoy the holidays. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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BlossomSB 23 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Thanks for your interesting introduction to 'Garden Glow.' I had never heard of it before, but it sounds like fun and the photos are great.


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oceansnsunsets 23 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Blossom, I am glad to share the information and pictures about the Garden Glow. It was a fun time, very beautiful and magical even. I can't say that about a whole lot of things. It was totally new to me, though I had heard of it last year. So glad you stopped by and commented.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

Wow Oceansunsets, the Garden Glow looks amazingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing your experience.


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oceansnsunsets 23 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hi Jodah, I am so glad you stopped by, and the Garden Glow is very beautiful! I wish I could have really captured it with my camera, but this at least gives a little idea of what was going on, or what it was like. I'm so happy to share the experience here. Thank you for your visit and comment!


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peachpurple 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

I have never heard of thisgarden but it wiuld be a fascinating scene


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Old King Schultz 23 months ago from United States of Canada (R.F.F.)

As a former Springfielder (who made many trips to STL) this article really made me miss the flora of the state of Missouri. Beautiful!


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oceansnsunsets 23 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Peachpurple, from my point of view, I would agree that this garden is a fascinating scene. In fact, it almost doesn't matter what the season, there is a lot to see and do. This is just one part of the day in the winter, where they do things up beautifully. Thank you for the comment.


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oceansnsunsets 23 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Old King Schultz, I am familiar with where Springfield is, and yes it isn't far from St. Louis. Whenever I have moved away from a place, I seem to appreciate it so much including the flora. We have moved a few times, and because of that I have tried to do whatever I can in the place we are living to really experience it and remember it like you share there. Every place has its beautiful things I think. Thank you for the comment!


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MelRootsNWrites 23 months ago from California

This place looks so beautiful lit up. I bet it seems magical when you take the walk. Thanks for sharing you experience!


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oceansnsunsets 23 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Thank you Mel! The Garden Glow is so beautiful, and hard to fully capture the sense of all that is going on there. As for sharing what I experience, that is something I love to do. I love taking photos also as I can. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting! Happy New Year.

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