4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110
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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 23, 2014 - The Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden will open for the season with a weekend of family fun, March 29 - 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Families can explore the great outdoors and experience all the Children's Garden has to offer: a waterfall, steamboat, cave, robe bridges, slide and tree house.
Spin a wheel as you enter the Children's Garden for a chance to win a prize. Make a packet of native seeds and grow native Missouri plants at home. Learn more about the plants we eat in the Edible Garden and pot a plant to grow your own leafy green vegetables at home.
Children will have the chance to create a fairy house or gnome cottage for their own gardens and assist in creating a miniature world for the Garden's Nature Explore Classroom. They'll also create frames using natural and recycled materials for a place to display their favorite picture from their outdoor adventures in 2014. Staff and volunteers will help children create their own nature journals to track, draw and log all their visits to the Children's Garden.
Special guests include live birds from the World Bird Sanctuary, who will visit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Finn, the Children's Garden friendly frog mascot who will roam the Garden and greet visitors at 11 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Spring-inspired face painting will also be available both days.
Admission to the Missouri Botanical Garden is $8; St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4 and free admission on most Wednesday and Saturday mornings until noon. Children ages 12 and younger and Garden members are free.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.
For general information, call (314) 577-5100 or 1-800-642-8842.
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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