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The Climatron at the St. Louis Botanical Garden

We really weren't quite ready to leave the tropics yet, were we? Let's smooth the transition back into winter weather by visiting a tiny slice of the tropics, courtesy of Linda Mayer, who says, "My photos are from the Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. The Climatron is an R. Buckminster Fuller-designed geodesic dome filled with around 2,800 plants–1,400 different tropical species.  Average humidity is 85%, and temperatures range from 65 degrees at night to 85 degrees (F) during the day. It features dense foliage, sparkling waterfalls, rocky cliffs, and a bridge from which the tree canopy can be viewed. It opened to the public in 1960. For more information about this fabulous botanical garden go to <>  I'm sorry there are too many species to attempt to name, but I did include the name of an especially wonderful begonia." I was just at the Missouri Botanical Garden last summer, Linda, and for some strange reason, I did not go inside the Climatron! What was I thinking?? But this is a remender to all of us that your local botanical garden is worth a visit in winter, too. I visited the conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden a couple of winters ago, and it was heavenly to walk through the warm, steamy air and breathe in all the planty goodness… Go!! You won't regret it. OK, next week we're back to some really beautiful snowy scenes. Stay tuned!

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Come and meet up at the  Northwest Flower and Garden Show this year!

I'm scheduled to give another GPOD talk (A few of you will be getting emails in the next two weeks as I put together the slideshow…), and a number of people have emailed to say that they'll be at the show, and that they'd love to meet up with a bunch of fellow GPODers!

The RSVPs so far:

Glenda Curdy (Nurserynotnordstrom)
Tia Scarce
Jeanne Cronce (Greengenes)
Sheila Schultz
Shirley Graves
Chris Niblack (ChrisSeattle)
Kielian DeWitt (Annek)
Linda Skyler (Meelianthus)
Kathy Schuler

So…who else is going to be there?? Let us all know in the comments, and we can start planning an outing! Perhaps after-dinner drinks one night at the bar at the Sheraton?  I'll repeat this announcement for the next week or so, at least, and keep a running list of who's coming….enticement for even more people to come. Oh, and when you comment to say you'll be there, give us your real name so that I can plan name tags that include both that and your screen name…

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  1. jerrysiss 01/16/2015

    We have a botanical garden similar to this one at the Cleveland Metro parks zoo. If you are ever in this area check it out

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    meander_michaele 01/16/2015

    So much lush greenery, so many vibrant colors, ...sigh, definitely energizes this gardener's heart.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 01/16/2015

    Looks like a great conservatory. If we wind up out in St. Louis, looks like it is definitely worth a visit.

  4. digginWA 01/16/2015

    Climatron--what a great name from another age ... I'm starting to think that "professional garden tourist" is a good goal. Thanks for sharing.

    1. GrannyMay 01/16/2015

      Tia, when I can no longer manage my own garden, that will be my new life. That is why I like to practice a bit of garden tourism now.

  5. greengenes 01/16/2015

    You are so right, Michelle. I wasn't ready to leave the tropics yet! Linda these are beautiful shots of this "Climatron"!.I love the smell of humid, wet, and sunny tropics! Thanks!

  6. GrannyMay 01/16/2015

    Great photos Linda. I am thankful that there are so many botanical gardens almost everywhere, so that you can enjoy amazing plants that you might otherwise never encounter. Those with climate-controlled buildings full of exotics stretch the experience even further. When I lived in Ontario I used to get my "green fix" at such conservatories to keep the long winter blues at bay.

  7. GrannyCC 01/16/2015

    Thanks for the gorgeous tropical tour. It will take us over next weeks winter scenes.

  8. user-4297063 01/16/2015

    oh how I would love to be there!!! I have 2 feet of snow and is snowing again today...lovely pictures today,

  9. user-7007327 01/16/2015

    Thank you, that warmed me up.

  10. Meelianthus 01/16/2015

    What a wonderful trip thru that tropical paradise ! Thanks Linda for sharing all of that beauty.

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