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Re: Winter gardens

Missouri Botanical Garden is an excellent choice, and not a bad drive  
from where you live, especially if you get an early start. Even in  
the dead of winter, you have the Linnaean House, the oldest  
continually operating greenhouse in the US, with its Camellia  
collection, which should be in bloom. Also, there is the Climatron, a  
geodesic dome filled with tropical plants, and the temperate house,  
filled with plants from the world's temperate regions. The Kemper  
Center for Home Gardening has a building devoted to house plants and  
a nice cacti display. (Of course, if you go during the outdoor  
growing season, they have 8 acres devoted to residential landscaping  
- including a modest garden railroad. Depending on the weather, you  
could even roam outdoors - there is beauty there in every season. If  
you plan a visit  in Spring, Summer, or Fall, consider driving  
further west and take advantage of the Arboretum (now, I think,  
called the Nature Center). It is located in Gray Summit, MO, west of  
St Louis, off I-44. Has a wonderful garden featuring native plants in  
the home landscape, and plenty of native prairie, woodland and  
wetland space to explore.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jan 4, 2006, at 8:41 AM, pdickson wrote:

> Andrea,
> When I lived in Missouri I would go to St. Louis to the Missouri  
> Botanical Gardens.  I remember they had a conservatory that was  
> filled with Camellias. It was a beautiful place to walk in the  
> winter too.  Here is a list of what is in Bloom in February. http:// 
> www.mobot.org/MOBOT/bloom/2004/2004-02-20d.html
> Oklahoma City has an indoor Conservatory downtown.  It is  
> interesting but mostly tropicals.  I love to go there in the winter  
> but it is much too hot and humid in the summer.  I think you can  
> look both of these up online. Myriad Botanical Gardens in OKC in  
> the official name. http://www.myriadgardens.com/index.html
> I love to go to a good nursery in the winter to see winter color.
> Tricia
> zone 6b
> western Ok
>> --- Andrea Hodges wrote:
>>> Speaking of which, does anyone know (and I'm sure
>>> someone does) are the
>>> botanical gardens or arboretums in Chicago or St
>>> Louis something you can
>>> visit in the winter, or is it strictly a summer
>>> thing? I am DYING to go
>>> to a real arboretum.
>>> Who can make it to one of those? Or another? any
>>> suggestions? I can only ride so far still, but I
>>> definitely need a winter trip!
>>> Jesse, how far am I from you?
>>> A
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