June 18, 2021

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In the Greenhouse at the Missouri Botanical Garden

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Today we’re taking a tropical escape with Linda Mayer.

I visited the iconic geodesic dome Climatron at Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. Because I am very eager to resume gardening and due to staying home so much during the pandemic, I was awed at the entrance by such a gorgeous, tropical, green display. I thought you might enjoy a walk-through with me. I apologize for not identifying the plants, but between the high humidity, warm temperature, and my COVID mask, my glasses were continually obstructed by condensation. Missouri Botanical Garden is currently undergoing a massive construction project that will include a new, larger visitor center among other improvements, including a conservatory.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsWarm greenhouse spaces at your local public garden are key escapes from the cold, dreary days of winter! This is particularly so when we can’t travel to actual tropical locations.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA lovely water feature in the greenhouse is surrounded by lush tropical foliage. I wish I had this in my house! Though it might not be possible to have a waterfall indoors, many of these plants will adapt nicely to life as a houseplant if you have bright windows or add some supplemental lights.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsLooking up through the tropical foliage to the geodesic dome covering the Climatron.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsTropical gardens are often foliage-forward, and this is a great example of how leaves of diverse sizes and textures can make a wonderful garden display without the need for lots of colorful flowers.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsPretty amazing blooms on this plant. Tropicals are out of my wheelhouse, so if anyone knows what this is, please ID it in the comments. It is gorgeous, whatever it is!

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsOne last view of the space. Just what we all need to shake off the winter blues!

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