Our picks for eight of the most amazing botanical gardens in the world.. Maximum output with some simple thoughts...
Missouri Botanical Garden
Originally the grounds of a private country estate, this St. Louis gem is now a 79acre garden open to the public. St. Louis businessman Henry Shaw originally opened his land to the public in 1859, and highlights now include: The 14acre Japanese garden named Seiwaen that is the largest such garden in the Western Hemisphere, the Climatron geodesic dome conservatory featuring exotic tropical plants, and a childrens garden complete with a limestone cave and tree house.
This summer, the garden is hosting a Chinese lantern festival. The lanterns serve as art installations by day; at night, they light up the gardens with exotic beauty. The festival features, Elaborate outdoor sets crafted of silk and steel celebrate Chinese culture through bold color, dazzling light and striking design. The exhibition offers visitors a unique opportunity to witness a spectacle rarely staged outside of Asia. It ends August 19.