Dear Husband and I love going to gardens when we travel. Our pleasant surprise however is that the closest garden to our home is also the most impressive. The Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis is amazing. I say this as a Master Gardener and lover of nature. What they have done in their space, exceeds expectations.
It is so large, there is a tram (for a small cost) to take you to the farthest end of the garden. (& back) If you are a member, the tram is free. Becoming a member has it’s benefits. When we travel out of state, many of the gardens there give free entry if you are a member of this garden. This has saved us quite a bit of money!
This is a garden that hosts wonderful events & people from around the world. Japan and China have their own months. Other events throughout the year are food tastings, concerts, “glows” and flora shows from orchids to daffodils.
If you live within 50 miles of this place, please go. In the spring, the Japanese Garden will dazzle you with blooming dogwoods and cherry trees. In the Fall, the maples change colors to reds, yellows and orange.
And what would a trip there be without checking out near by food? I call this the “Square of Gluttony” as they are on the same street, across from each other. Where to eat near the St Louis Missouri Botanical Garden? I recommend:
OLIO: The building was a former gas station! My favorite savory place. Always a surprise from a menu, something I’ve not had before, or at least prepared differently. Very herb forward, lots of vegetables and just the right amount of spice. The chef behind this food is a Master Mind! Oh, the Spritzer drinks are great too!
UNION LOAFERS: the best sandwiches and pizza! This is a place that has never disappointed us. It is small, so timing is everything here. The pizza is extremely large. And when we get a bad meal elsewhere, we always compare it to Union Loafers, wishing we had eaten there instead.
INDO: a little pricey but tasty! Apparently, it’s the hottest place in St Louis at the moment!
And to finish a French dessert at La Patisserie Chouquette. The Pastry Chef here is the wife to the Head Chef at “The Grill” in the Ritz Carlton.
THE GARDEN: LINK
LINKS TO FOOD