When my sister suggested an afternoon at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St.Louis, I had to admit I was skeptical. After all, we had a 3, 6 and 8 year old in tow; not to mention the summer heat. I expected wilted kids and wilted plants.
Was I wrong.
The Missouri Botanical Garden - one of the oldest botanical gardens in the United States - was a wonderful place to stop for the afternoon. All of us enjoyed wandering the grounds, seeing the statues and stopping to smell the flowers. For those needing to be a little more hands-on, there was a "smelling garden" (herb garden) as well as a Children's Garden to enjoy.
Here are some of the late June moments we enjoyed at the garden:
The Linnean House, a conservatory and greenhouse that dates to Henry Shaw's time. (Shaw founded the botanical garden in 1859.)