Even though the National Cherry Blossom Festival is well under way here in Washington, D.C., that doesn’t mean it’s the only place to spot the famous pink and white trees. I just got back from a weekend in St. Louis and made a stop at the Missouri Botanical Garden, where over 150 cherry trees are in full bloom. The trees are dotted around the 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, the largest in the Western hemisphere. Walk the path along the four-acre lake and make sure to stop on the bridge to feed the giant koi (25 cents buys a handful of fish food).
The Japanese garden isn’t the only reason to visit the Botanical Gardens. The 79-acre park has heaps to do, from visiting the Climatron, which houses some 1,200 tropical plants, to the temperate garden (above) to the Victorian District (complete with a maze), and the Children’s Garden, which has lots of hands-on activities for kids.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Photo: Jeannette Kimmel
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