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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 24, 2013 - Hundreds of families and friends, bundled up for temperatures in the low twenties on Saturday night, enjoyed a magical light display and live entertainment at the Missouri Botanical Garden, for the opening of Garden Glow 2013.
Eighteen unique light installations create the Garden's first-ever winter light exhibit which runs through Jan. 4, 2014.
Hundreds of thousands of lights highlight some of the Garden's most iconic locations including the Central Axis Reflection ponds, Kaeser Memorial Maze, and Tower Grove House.
When visitors approached the Climatron® the Garden's famous greenhouse which has been renamed "Illumitron" for the Glow, many stopped in amazement and tried capturing the scene with their phones and cameras. The spherical shell structure of the famous geodesic dome has been outlined in glowing green lights.
"Snow Ball" structures in the Central Axis enhanced the experience for visitors walking around the reflection pond with the Angel Musicians. "Dr. Frost and the Freeze Team," a disc jockey and dancers, entertained with energetic choreographed routines.
The walkway along the Hosta Gardens, north of the Spink Pavilion has been transformed into a "Twinkling Tunnel" of lights, providing an explosion of visual magic. Another wooded path called the "Solar Woods" (powered by the sun) that leads to the Mausoleum glowed with lights overhead like stars in the milkyway. All displays use energy-efficient LED lights, in keeping with the Garden's mission for sustainable practices.
On Saturday night little kids squealed with delight when spotting colorfully lit pine trees in the Glowmen Glen. "Mommy, can I build a snowman, please, please, please?" begged a youngster, who was wearing a flashing glow necklace. His plea brought a response of "It's so cold, you might turn into a snowman," from a visitor nearby.
Music could be heard throughout the installations, making the dark paths seem quite safe. While it took awhile to adjust to the changing lights, especially with eyes tearing up from the bitterly cold wind, the beautiful displays were well worth the effort to brave the arctic air.
Volunteers welcoming guests expressed their delight to see so many people turn out on such an unusually cold evening. "It's cold, but you just wear a lot of layers. And, we have hot chocolate, s'more-making and fire pits on the grounds."
This is the first year of seasonal lights at the garden. Garden officials hope that the Glow will become a destination for St. Louisans and visitors this year and for years to come. The success of opening night certainly may help that wish come true.
Open Wednesday-Sunday evenings to Dec. 19 from 5-9 p.m. Open nightly from Dec. 20 to Jan. 4 from 5-10 p.m. Exhibit Closed December 24, 25 and 31.
Through Dec 19: $16 adults, $12 members, $10 children (ages 3-12), $6 for member's children. Dec. 20-Jan. 4: $18 adults, $14 members, $10 children (ages 3-12), $6 for member's children
Tickets are date-specific and sold in limited quantities. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.mobot.org/glow. For more information, call 314-577-5100 or 1-800-642-8842.
by Betty Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 24, 2013 - Opening night of the annual Gardenland Express at the Missouri Botanical Garden was a quiet, delightful escape from the bitter cold and enthusiastic crowds rushing to see the winter wonderland light display of the first-ever Garden Glow 2013.
This year's display, themed "Gathering for the Feast", features six tracks of animated G-scale model trains traveling along 900 feet of track and hundreds of traditional holiday plants, including colorful poinsettias.
Giant whimsical creatures could be seen gathering edible plants for their grand holiday feast in woodland settings around the Orthwein Floral Display Hall. Viewing the display at night was a unique experience, especially with decorated trees casting a warm flickering glow on the walls.
The trains whizzed by to the amusement of a youngster sitting on his father's shoulder, who immediately reached out to try and touch the engine.
Volunteers handed out guides and encouraged visitors to explore the food theme. It was a surprise to discover the botanical names of ingredients for favorite dishes displayed on the beautifully decorated banquet tables. Signs provided additional information on some of the popular plants we eat during the holidays each year.
The display continues through Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (closed December 25). Show admission varies by date: Through Dec 19: $5 (ages 3 and older) and Dec. 20 through Jan. 5: $7 (ages 3 and older). Free for Garden members through Jan 5. All prices are in addition to regular Garden admission ($8 adults; $4 St. Louis City/County residents; free for children ages 12 and younger and free for Garden members). For more information, visit www.mobot.org/gardenlandexpress.
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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