Gardenland Express: Celebrate Our Passion for Plants
November 22, 2014 - January 4, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden > Ridgway Visitor Center > Orthwein Floral Display Hall
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Journey through the Missouri Botanical Garden’s history of botanical exploration, plant collecting and the growth of our plant collections in this year’s annual Gardenland Express holiday flower and train show! 

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis, the Garden shares the stories of the Garden’s roots and its growth over the years. This year’s show is set in a Victorian theme where you can discover the history of plant collecting and the Garden’s plant collections. Explore the Victorian era of science and exploration, travel through time to see the growth of the Garden’s plant collections, and be inspired to share in our passion for plants. We'll highlight the Garden’s horticulture, research and conservation projects, and share MBG stories from the field related to discovery of plants, plant collecting, documentation, propagation, culture and conservation of plants in the wild as we define the roles of botanic gardens and living collections by imparting information and fostering understanding of plants, plant diversity and plant conservation. 

As you enter the show, a beautiful Victorian living room looks out onto a historic view of the Garden. Maps of collecting expeditions cover the walls, displaying not only different locations but a spirit of exploration. Living plants favored in the 1800s, such as ferns, palms, and cacti, add Victorian character to the room while lighted pine trees celebrate the holidays. Enjoy the holiday spirit as you listen to festive music and wander through the 5,000-square-foot Orthwein Floral Display Hall. A central gazebo adds Victorian style and acknowledges prominent horticulturists and scientists who greatly influenced the plant collections of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Look closely and you may find Shaw’s hand-written plant collection book. Explore the replica of a field site and learn how plants were collected from the wild. A reproduction of a herbarium highlights the Garden’s work in studying plant characteristics, classifying and providing scientific names for plants, and documenting the botanical diversity of the world. In a duplication of a garden space, discover how the Garden’s role as a living museum has expanded throughout the years. You'll learn how our collections of plants have expanded from collecting expeditions from around the world and how we manage our vast collections today. You’ll even get a chance to view some of our newest additions, aroids collected from the field by Garden staff. You will be delighted to follow the Garden’s G-scale model trains in a trip through time. Six G-scale LGB trains, from the Garden’s private collection, speed around the display on elevated tracks, past models of historic Garden buildings, such as the Museum Building and Tower Grove House. Seeing these miniature trains zip around the exhibit is always an exciting experience for children and adults. Closed Christmas Day. Orthwein Floral Display Hall.


$5 in addition to Garden admission adults and children

Free Garden Members

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