Last Saturday, I went to the Missouri Botanical Gardens‘ second annual Garden Glow! I didn’t know that it was a thing until I saw my school selling tickets for it this year (unfortunately they sold out). But I was too excited to see the gardens decked out in lights, so I paid full price anyway. 🙂
The entire botanical gardens was decked with colorful lights, amping up the Christmas/holidays excitement!
Night photography was hard! It was difficult to get the right thing in focus. I tried my best anyway! Any tips, though?
I totally wanted a photo in this cute gingerbread-looking house. Until I realized that it read “Kiss Goodnight”…and it would’ve been awkward trying to kiss myself.
Do you wanna build a snowman? Out of magnets?!
Ah, what I came here for! Seeing a picture of this Climatron covered in lights really sparked my desire to witness it in person. Too bad it was closed and we couldn’t go in.
I was so excited by this light tunnel!
It’s not like it was super fancy or anything, but it looked so cool walking under the twirling, blinking, multi-colored lights! It reminded us of some sort of space/time travel machine in movies.
Which led us to a whole new section of the gardens:
This is Tower Grove House. I also mentioned it in my Japanese Festival post. It was founder Henry Shaw’s house from the 1800’s.
They kept a guest book in there – just in case if famous people like President Grant (of Grant’s Farm!) and botonist Asa Gray visit, they got that on record.
Gardens outside the house:
I never noticed this structure until seeing it at Garden Glow! It may have looked boring during the day? Goes to show that lights make everything looks more impressive!
The hedge maze was pretty fun to wander through at night, illuminated by nothing but Christmas lights.
Outside the maze:
Last walkway of lit-up trees.
We returned to the Climatron area again to roast some s’mores (or for me, take a few more pics) before going home.
Garden Glow was awesome! It was much more unique than driving around neighborhoods looking at people’s Christmas lights. Note for next time: bring a tripod! I didn’t bring one because it would’ve been inconvenient to carry. And I didn’t want to seem too intense. But I realize that night photography would have been so much easier and more successful if I had one!
Have you ever been to Garden Glow? Do you have some other fantastical Christmas light display in your city?
Thanks for reading!