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Spring at Missouri Botanical Garden

Updated on November 22, 2014
Climitron at Missouri Botanical Garden
Climitron at Missouri Botanical Garden | Source

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

Missouri Botanical Garden: Green for 150 Years, 1859-2009
Missouri Botanical Garden: Green for 150 Years, 1859-2009

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


Small Waterfall



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.".

Yellow and White Azaleas

Spring 2014 - Flowers at the Garden

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Bridge in Japanese Garden
Bridge in Japanese Garden

Where is Missouri Botanical Garden

4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO:
4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO

get directions

Peonies in Full Bloom


Do you have a favorite botanical garden? - stop by and leave a comment

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    • DANCING COWGIRL profile image

      Dancing Cowgirl Design 

      5 years ago from Texas

      WOW!! I Wish that I knew how to take pictures as beautiful as these. Love what you have done to make them into cards too.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      5 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      These flower photos are just so beautiful! I do love botanical gardens, and this one has some of my favorite flowers!

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      6 years ago

      Just wanted you to know that I have featured this page on my Botanical Gardens lens. Great job, leaving you with a ~Sweet Botanical Blessing~

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      My sister could have written this too, she was gaga about these gardens when she lived there. I will send this on to her for her enjoyment. Thanks for brightening up our day!

    • wheresthekarma profile image


      6 years ago

      BEautiful pictures!

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      6 years ago

      What beautiful flowers! Great photos!

    • sittonbull profile image


      6 years ago

      Congratulations on being chosen as one of Squidoo's top five photographers! Great lens Mary Beth!

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      6 years ago

      Returning after a year and it was as though my soul remembered being here, congratulations on front page honors on this beautiful eyes are smiling again!

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      6 years ago

      I love the rose gardens in Regent's park. What a beautiful lens. Thank you!

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      6 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful! I live in STL and it's been way too long since my last visit to the Botanical Gardens. My BFF's daughter works for them and just loves it! You present your photo's so nicely too. Just lovely, and Blessed!

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      Michey LM 

      6 years ago

      I like all of them as always I learn something new... You have great pictures and the lens is so well presented. Angel Blessing for your lens

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      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      This is a beautiful lens with glorious pictures.

    • KateW39 profile image


      6 years ago

      I love the beautiful pictures.

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      lasertek lm 

      6 years ago

      Great pictures.

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      6 years ago

      nice lens thank you

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      6 years ago

      I live about a mile from the Fullerton Arboretum. It's a wonderful place to walk, see flowers, and photograph birds.

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      6 years ago from Tennessee

      Beautiful lens! Love your iris photos. I've wanted to go to the Missouri Botanical Gardens for quite some time, but I haven't made it there yet. I believe ir is one of the best in the South/Midwest.

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful Lens! One of my all time favorite places in St. Louis. Thank you for sharing!

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      Paul Franciskato 

      6 years ago from Junction City, Kansas

      When I lived in Wichita, KS years ago, I had a membership at Botanica, The Wichita Gardens. I visited many times and enjoyed the photo opportunities.

      Another place I enjoyed was the botanical garden in Dubuque, IA. During the Summer, they have an outdoor concert series.

      If I visit St. Louis, I'll make it a point to spend some time at Missouri Botanical Garden!

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      6 years ago

      This is a great lens I like the information and will be coming back to read more of your work.

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      Pastor Cher 

      6 years ago from United States

      I liked one in Canada, but don't remember its name. You did a great job with the photos.

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      6 years ago

      My husband and I are planning to go to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario. The current exhibit featured there is Chocolate! Great lens!

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      6 years ago

      Yes, the Chicago Botanic Garden here in Glencoe, Illinois.

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yes, the one in Kandy, Sri Lanka

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      6 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Phipp's Conservatory in Pittsburgh, and the Marie Selby garden in Sarasota FL (also the rose garden at the Ringling estate in Sarasota). I'll be in St. Louis for a church conference in July and will check this place out if time permits.

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      6 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Phipp's Conservatory in Pittsburgh, and the Marie Selby garden in Sarasota FL (also the rose garden at the Ringling estate in Sarasota). I'll be in St. Louis for a church conference in July and will check this place out if time permits.

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      6 years ago

      Really pretty article to read and get some specifics too on Missouri. Really warm place so the humidity helps plant life thrive.

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      Ann Hinds 

      6 years ago from So Cal

      Just another place we have to visit when we vacation in Missouri again. We have family in Springfield and haven't seen everything there yet. Thanks for sharing the botanical garden. I will be added as a must-see.

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      6 years ago

      Lovely lens, here, mbgphoto. I love all of my Iris', many of which originally came from my Mother, Grandmother, Aunts, etc. My favorite is a rare one that I bought a few years back (it's branched in 4 now) - it has yellow center and a pinkish lavender outer petals. Thanks for the views, now I know where to go next time I'm in St. Louis.

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      Elyn MacInnis 

      6 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I would love to visit - it's a little far though. We have an interesting botanical garden here in Shanghai. They like to make towers of chrysanthemums in the fall, and topiaries. Thank you for this beautiful walk through the garden.

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      6 years ago from McLaughlin

      Even though I live in Missouri, I have never been to this particular botanical garden. Absolutely beautiful!

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      Vicki Green 

      7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I can't choose a favorite botanical garden - I love them all. I've never visited St Louis, but would like to, so when I do, your lens has shown me that the botanical garden is not to be missed! Beautiful!

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      Nathalie Roy 

      7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      The pond's sculptures are beautiful!

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      8 years ago

      I feel like I've just had a breath of spring! My eyes are smiling with delight at your amazing photos.

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      Such gorgeous flowers and I love that trellis! It is pouring with rain here and soon will be night (we get such short days this time of year in Scotland) so your Spring flowers were a very welcome sight!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Beautiful photos and flowers! Spring is always so beautiful, but the Missouri Botanical Garden looks like it is stunningly gorgeous!

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      Sensitive Fern 

      8 years ago

      Gorgeous photos! I love both iris and the Missouri botanical gardens. Lensrolled to my iris drawings lens.

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      Linda Hoxie 

      8 years ago from Idaho

      I love this lens, the flowers and photos are beautiful. I just bought my bulbs to plant for spring tulips and daffodils, every year I forget until spring and whine when everyone elses start coming up that I forgot again. But not this I just need to get them into the ground! LOL Great lens

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      oztoo lm 

      8 years ago

      The Missouri Botanical Gardens look like a wonderful place to visit. Wonderful colors and great photo's. I so love all the riot of color that spring time brings.

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      8 years ago

      This is beautiful because it has so many lovely flowers...I have to go to our NJ botanical gardens and get photos to add to my lens which I did in the winter...but I'm going to lensroll this to it:-) Very nice ~claudia

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      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Gorgeous flowers AND photographs! What a lovely botanical garden St. Louis has! I'll have to visit it next time I'm in St. Louis visiting my daughter.

      Last weekend we went to a 'plant sale' at the Clemson University Botanical Garden in Clemson, SC.

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      Liz Mackay 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful lens, such wonderful photography. 5***** and favourited

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      Seeking Pearls 

      8 years ago from Pueblo West

      Your photos are absolutely stunning Mary Beth. Have you tried Red Gage yet, it really is a great place to showcase artistic skills and your photography shines. Loved reading about your trip.

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      8 years ago

      I agree with you about the two colored iris. It is beautiful. I'll be heading to the NC botanical garden this weekend.

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      8 years ago from Australia

      These flowers are absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing your visit with us.

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      Cheryl Paton 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Love these flowers, especially the two toned Iris with purple.

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful lens, inspiring. Thank you.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      So beautiful! We don't have any botanical gardens nearby...wish we did. Lensrolling with my Mountain Laurels lens.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Beautiful shots. I will lensroll this into my botanical garden lens.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love all those irises! I always seem to grow irises, but they're not as beautiful as your photos. And I don't have a favorite botanical garden, I just enjoy them all!

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. The yellow and white azaleas were something. But irises are a favorite of mine. Thanks for letting me tag along to the garden. In Central Florida, my favorite place to go is Bok Tower. In the springtime the camellias are something. 5* and a fav. :)


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