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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

garden glow

While visiting family in St. Louis for the new year, we spent a night at the Missouri Botanical Garden garden glow.  The Botanical Garden is one of my favorite places in the world -- Paul and I even had our engagement pictures taken there.  The garden glow is just what it sounds like; a one mile stretch of the garden is lit up with various light displays.  Walking around the garden was one of the more magical experiences I've had in a while.  

The original entrance to the garden was the main attraction of the garden glow.  The ponds that usually feature Chihuly glass globes had light up globes that changed color in coordination with different holiday songs.  At the end of our walk my family and I got some hot chocolates and enjoyed them around one of those bonfires in the distance. 

Looking the other direction in the pond area you could see the lit up Climatron. 

These color changing light curtains were my mom's favorite exhibit.  The music in this section sounded like a xylophone and the curtains stretched high above our heads.  Those little ornaments hung high up in the trees.  

A close up of some flower lights that also changed colors.  

And second to the lit up maze (little lights were all over the topiaries that made up the maze, but it didn't photograph well), my favorite part was this huge tree with blue lights all over it.  It looks so simple, but it was really striking in person.  There must have been thousands of lights all over it.  

It was such a treat walking around the garden with my family.  The weather was perfect - chilly enough so you had to bundle up but not too cold that you felt like you had to rush through the glow.  Part of the magic was that you could only see part of the show from each part of the walk.  You would turn a corner and find a new surprising exhibit.  All the holiday music and just being outside with beautiful lights in a space that I usually don't see at night plus carolers and hot chocolate.  It was a perfect night.  

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