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Autumn at Missouri Botanical Garden

Updated on October 6, 2014

Missouri Botanical Garden in the Fall

Bridge in Japanese Garden section
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Beautiful St. Louis Attraction

I have traveled to many parts of North America to view the changing colors in fall, but this year as I've been looking around my hometown area I am finding some of the most beautiful colors of all. In light of this I am suggesting a vacation right here in beautiful St. Louis.

This page will highlight one of my favorite St. Louis attractions, The Missouri Botanical Garden. Missouri Botanical Garden is a wonderful place to visit all year round, but I find it especially beautiful in the autumn. My favorite places to stroll in the autumn are the Japanese and the Chinese gardens. These two areas have a wonderful array of stunning colors that are enhanced by the water features in the area.

all photographs taken by Mary Beth Granger in late October, 2011.

Missouri Botanical Garden - beauty for over 150 years

Missouri Botanical Garden was the dream of Henry Shaw. He came to the St. Louis area from Sheffield, England. Henry Shaw was a botanist and philanthropist who founded the garden in 1859. Today the garden has 79 acres of plants and flowers and along with being a wonderful place to visit, it is a center for botanical research and education.

The reflecting pools shown here are laid out in the center of the park. They are beautiful in fall with the beautiful yellow and gold reflections from the trees.

Taking a Stroll at the Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden was added in 1977. It has 14 acres of lawns and paths set around a 4 acre lake. I always enjoy strolling in this area of the park. It seems to be ever changing as the plants and trees change with the seasons. I enjoy seeing the bridge from the lake to the island and also a beautiful waterfall near the one end of the garden. Here are some of the photos that I took in the Japanese Garden in October.

Islands in the Japanese Garden

Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens
Japanese Gardens

Photographs from Missouri Botanical Garden

This book contains the beautiful photos of photographer Jack Jennings.

Seasons: Missouri Botanical Garden
Seasons: Missouri Botanical Garden

Jack Jennings is a popular photographer for the botanical garden.


Halloween Display at Missouri Botanical Garden

Missouri Botanical Garden - history and photographs

If you are interested in learning more of the history of the garden this is a wonderful book to read.

Fall in the Chinese Garden


Where is your favorite place to be in Autumn? - stop by and leave your comments

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    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      4 years ago from United States

      I see I need to visit St. Louis again soon and I need to be sure to put the Missouri Botanical Gardens on my list of places to see. You photos are exceptionally beautiful.

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      steadytracker lm 

      5 years ago

      Wow, those are some amazing photos. If I ever make it to Missouri in the fall, then I am definitely stopping by.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @sittonbull: I have to agree, sittonbull, and you always get some wonderful photos

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh my, your photography is so beautiful as always. Missouri Botanical Garden is lovely.

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      6 years ago

      Your photography is breath taking beautiful. You truly are very talented with the camera. Beautiful page!!

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      6 years ago

      It's hard to beat right here where we live ... in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the fall. The Botanical Gardens at Clemson University is a magnificent resource for all to come and melt into the world of horticulture and arbor-culture ...and the brilliant color and contrast of sugar maples, oaks, hickorys and other hardwoods as their leaves turn color is just spectacular.

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      Michey LM 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful colors and pictures. Thanks

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      6 years ago

      Anywhere there's lots of colour - like here in Atlantic Canada, where I live - as I just can't get enough of the fall foliage. Such lovely photos you have!

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      7 years ago

      Definitely where the foliage is colorful and there is a nip in the air! This looks like the perfect place to be! Wonderful photos!

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      7 years ago

      I live in Denver and we also have a botanical garden with a Japanese tea house. But 79 acres is very large! I will have to take in the St. Louis one sometime. Lovely photos!

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      Erin Hardison 

      7 years ago from Memphis, TN

      I love being where the fall colors are. Pretty easy to please. :)

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      Ann Hinds 

      7 years ago from So Cal

      My favorite place for Autumn is home in Southern California. Two leaves actually fell off the Mulberry tree today. This garden is going to be a must see for me. We were in Missouri this year and are already planning to go back next year. Thanks for the heads-up. Angel blessed.


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