on November 4, 2003
Henry Shaw founded the gardens in 1859, making this one of the oldest botanical gardens in the country. The gardens expand over 79 acres and include 23 thematic gardens. A narrated 20 minute tram tour (cost $3) is a good place to start to get an overview of the park. The gardens at the Tower Grove House, Japanese Garden, and the reflecting pools are beautiful. The Climatron, a geodesic dome, is home to a huge assortment of tropical and subtropical plants, including an orchid collection. You could view the high points of the botanical gardens in a couple of hours, but taken your time an enjoy the entire park and spend the entire day here. Food is available in the park so there is no need to plan your day around lunch.
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