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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 30, 2015 - The Missouri Botanical Garden will host the Best of Missouri Market on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 5 to 7, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Guests can also enjoy "First Look Friday," an early chance to shop the Market on Friday, October 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The event will feature more than 120 outstanding Missouri food producers and artisans, and entertainment for the entire family.
Every year, visitors enjoy browsing under large tents and discovering the best of Missouri's hidden treasures, including country stands filled with fresh produce, flowers, plants, herbs, nuts, candies, meats, mushrooms, seasonings, salsas, and baked goods from Missouri's finest farmers and producers. Artisans offer handcrafted items such as willow furniture, carved wooden birds, dried flowers and wreaths, decorative ironwork, soaps, handmade pottery, baskets, decorated gourds, custom jewelry, wooden toys and garden ornaments.
Entertainment will include live music, a food court and a special Kids Corner with popular activities for children, including pumpkin decorating, cow milking and craft projects.
Admission to the Best of Missouri Market is $12 for adults (ages 13 and older), $5 children (ages 3-12), $5 for Garden members, Free for members' children (ages 3-12). Children under 3 are free. Admission prices cover both general Garden and Market admission and a copy of the Best of Missouri Souvenir Directory.
Free parking is available at the Garden and at the Metro lots located one block west of the Garden at the intersection of Vandeventer Ave. and Shaw Blvd., with continuous free shuttle service to the Garden.
The Missouri Botanical Garden, fondly known as Shaw's Garden to St. Louisans, contains a formal English garden, traditional Japanese garden, Margaret Blanke Grigg Chinese garden, the Flower Trial Garden, greenhouses and extensive landscaping. The garden also features the Climatron Complex, water lily reflection ponds and the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening.
The Climatron® geodesic dome and rainforest conservatory was dedicated 40 years ago in October 1960, replacing an old house built in 1913. The structure incorporates principles established by innovative architect R. Buckminster Fuller and was the first application of geodesic engineering for a greenhouse. The St. Louis architecture firm of Murphy & Mackey developed plans for the facility with Garden director Frits W. Went, who coined the term, Climatron.
The dome is 70 feet high and 175 feet in diameter, permitting tall palm trees to tower majestically above the tropical vista of streams, waterfalls and 1,200 different species of exotic trees and plants. Temperature ranges from 64 to 74 degrees and average humidity is 85 percent.
Visitors can enjoy a sense of being in a jungle while making their way by orchids, passion flowers, hibiscus flowers, cycads and a number of endangered species. In 1976, the dome was named one of the 100 most significant architectural achievements in United States history.
The Garden, covering 79 acres, is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd, just south of Hwy 44 between Vandeventer and Grand. Extended summer hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays only from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free parking on premises, as well as an extensive gift shop and restaurant with patio dining. For more information, call the GardenLine at 314-577-9400 or 800-642-8842.
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