GARDEN OF GLASS at the Missouri Botanical Gardens 2017

July 17, 2017

The Garden of Glass show ends  at the Missouri Botanical Gardens  on  August 13, 2017.   Craig Mitchell  is a fused-glass  artist, and while in my opinion he is not a Chihuly,  most of the pieces are eye-catching and more than 24 displays  can  be seen for a small entry fee.   All but 3 of the displays are located  in  the  Climatron , fitting nicely into the existing beauty.

Here’s a sampling of  Mitchell’s work along with some of the live plants at the Gardens…….

Water Lilly ( live)

The Phoenix

Glass poppies of all colors  could be were found popping  up in every nook and cranny.

Live flowers…

with their glass counterpart.

Abundant live dragon flies enjoyed  the waterlilies in front of the Climatron.

The Dance of the (glass) Dragon Flies

Love these crazy looking  ( live) orchids!

Bird’s Nest(s) filled one of the Climatron  trees.

Don’t miss this display in the Cactus house.

Hope you enjoyed!

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Orchid Show 2017 – From Beautiful to Bizarre

 

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The Beautiful….

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The Bizarre…

Feb. 27, 2017

There is still time to see these orchids  yourself  at the Missouri Botanical Gardens until March 26, 2017 !!

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There are the traditional orchids…

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and the not-so-traditional   (which remind me of  the term ” organized chaos”) .

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Individually  dainty….

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or a  dramatic family in all its glory.

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Some with stunning color…

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Some in a drunken slumber…..

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Some that resemble a gathering of aliens…..

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Some peaceful, orderly and tranquil…….

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Some jolly and eager to tempt u into  a closer look….

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Some like a graceful dance in the breeze…

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Some bold and daringly different   (is this really an orchid?)

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Some flighty…

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Some close-knit, all  with intricate detail….

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Some with eye lashes……

But all to be enjoyed ……

and let me not forget to  mention the magnificent  fragrance  that fills the room as you meander among these incredible  flowers!!!

Lastly – a quick trip thru the Climatron and a sighting of  a permanent  resident…

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Thanks for reading !

Hope you enjoyed!!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN from Missouri Botanical Gardens 2016

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Oct 31, 2016

Just a few photos from the Gardens to help you sleep tonight…..

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All scariness aside – look at the size of these Mums!!!

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(borrowed from the ghouls  on the internet)

ORCHID SHOW 2016, Missouri Botanical Gardens

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March 27, 2016

This is the last day to see the annual Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Gardens.  The show is all indoors and I just love these funny little flowers.  Orchids are proof that Mother Nature has a  never ending imagination and a silly  sense of humor.

Some interesting facts :   There are documented 25,000 different species of orchids and some  can survive  up to 100 years.  Orchids can be as small as a penny or the largest weighs a couple of pounds.  They can grow anywhere in the world except where it is extremely cold or hot,  though most live in tropical rain forests.  The flower of some  orchids can last  a few hours up to six months.  Orchids produce millions of tiny seeds but only a few will develop into a plant.  Substances from the orchids are sometimes used in perfumes, spices and Asian medicine.  Vanilla is probably the best know use that  comes from the orchid.

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Am I seeing things are does this look like a face?  Such a happy, big smile!

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The traditional prom or wedding inspired orchid.

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These remind me of dancing stick puppets.

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Whirligig orchids

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Such  beauty and detail

Very  interesting……..

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These last two photos were from an interesting  framed arrangement of small bottles strung together  in front of a rain forest mural.

Hope you enjoyed the photos!   If you are interested in seeing a photo of the  monkey orchid, naked guy orchid, owl orchid, bee orchard and the smallest orchid, go to:

http://www.flowerweb.com/en/article/190242/15-Amazing-Facts-About-Orchids

You won’t be disappointed.   Happy Spring and thanks for reading!!

 

LANTERN FESTIVAL 2015 at Missouri Botanical Gardens

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August 1, 2015

The Lantern Festival at  the Missouri Botanical Gardens ends  this August 30, 2015 so time is running out if you have  been procrastinating!   Twenty-two  beautiful  and colorfully  lit displays  crafted with  silk, wire and porcelain  are featured.  A few samplings  are:

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The elephants  are incredible, especially when you take a moment and imagine just how many pieces of porcelain make up the display.  The close up photo ( double click on it for a  real close up ) shows off the cups , saucers, spoons, etc  crafted to create the  elephant’s bodies.

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A path way of cherry blossoms and dandelions.

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Lovable  Panda  Bears

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Modeled  after a Stupas  Pagoda  in China, this display  is built with over 300,000 pieces of plates, bowls, spoons, tea cups, ladles and wine cups.

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Lastly, my favorite,  Bird Land.

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MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDENS TULIP TIME AND A SURPRISE, ST. LOUIS, MO

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May 28, 2014

Tulip time at the Missouri Botanical Gardens  has already come and gone but  maybe this posting  can help you with some ideas for your garden next spring.     I hope you enjoy my  Mo Bot  tulip photos and then go see the surprise that lives in the Climatron……..

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What is that?

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SURPRISE!  from one of the geckos that resides in the Climatron …..and  also …..

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this Silver Beaked Tanager ( who also lives in the Climatron)   is very friendly if you bring him bird seed .

Go visit them soon!

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Missouri Botanical Garden’s “Gardenland Express & Train Show 2012”

December 9, 2012

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Happy Holidays!

Just posting  a reminder not to miss the St. Louis Missouri Botanical Garden’s Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show on display now through January 1, 2013.  The show is all contained in one large indoor room full of  holiday flowers, decorations, trains,  a beautiful Christmas tree and a few other little surprises.  For more information  click on :

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/things-to-do/events/signature-events/g…

Hope you enjoy my preview!

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