Spring at Missouri Botanical Garden
View the Garden in all its Glory
The flowers of spring add a special touch to Missouri Botanical Gardens. The flower beds are colored with the beautiful sights of Irises, Tulips and Azaleas.
On a beautiful spring afternoon, my friend and I gathered our cameras and took a drive to south St. Louis to visit the botanical garden. It is a wonderful place to visit that has been a part of St. Louis for over 150 years. 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.
In this lens we will be exploring just a small portion of the garden to highlight the beautiful spring flowers that were in bloom during my visit. One of my favorite spring flowers is the Iris, as you can see by all of the photographs below. They are such beautiful and delicate flowers.
I hope you enjoy this photographic tour of a beautiful spot in our city.
all photos by Mary Beth Granger
Large Beds of Flowers
The irises were in full bloom at the garden and provided a wonderful photographic opportunity. I took hundreds of photos of the many different varieties of irises. It was certainly a photographers delight.
Unusual Light Brown Color
Isn't this flower stunning? I found this iris to be an unusual color. I'm not sure I've ever seen a brown Iris before. Very soft and very lovely!
White Iris with Purple
I love this two-toned colored Iris. I found there to be many varieties of multi colored Iris's. I love the way all the different shades of colors blend together.
Pale Lavender Iris
It is hard to decide if I like the brightly colored varieties or the pale pastels better. This particular variety has a soft lavender hue. I think the combinations of different varieties in the beds makes a gorgeous sight!
Read about Gardens
The beautiful full color book of the gardens is a great keepsake to remember your visiti.
Art in the Garden
Garden has Beautiful Art
In amongst the beautiful flowers you will find pieces of art scattered throughout the garden. This pond holds three sculptures and some beautiful glass work. The glass sculptures are by the artist Dale Chihuly.
photos by Mary Beth Granger
Angels in the Evening
In May of 2013 I took a Sunset Photography class at the Gardens. Here is a photo I took of the angels lit up against the Climatron.
Trellis topped with Chihuly Sculpture
This yellow sculpture on the garden trellis makes a delightful display as you enter this garden area.
Water features at the Garden
There are several small waterfalls throughout the garden and a couple of larger ones around the lake. The photo below shows one of the ones at the eastern end of the lake.
There are also different fountains in the formal gardens. The photo below is one I photographed in the evening. It is near the rose garden.
Fountain in Evening
Azaleas and Statue - gift from Zimbabwe
These brightly colored azaleas make a wonderful background for this sculpture presented to the People of the United States and The Missouri Botanical Gardens by the artists of Zimbabwe and the Chapungu Sculpture Park. The plaque in front of it reads "In Memory of those who perished September 11, 2001.".