Though I haven’t been to the Missouri Botanical Gardens in years—in fact, the last time I went I was little and it was called Shaw’s Garden—I really look forward to starting to regularly go this fall. I wish we were residents of St. Louis county so we could go for free every Wednesday, but we’re just outside the county. Still, membership beckons me—did you know that your membership there also covers the Butterfly House and Shaw Nature Reserve?—and we may just have to scrape together enough money to join, especially if I love it as much as I used to.
Todays MOBOT is much more community centered than when I was little, with a children’s garden, Chinese lantern festivals, and so many other things to do. They also host dozens of classes every year for all ages, which are fairly affordable (around $18 each for children, which is a bit out of our price range at the moment). Members also get discounts.