Explore Midwest Arboretums and Botanical Gardens
St. Louis: Missouri Botanical Garden
More than 75 acres of formal gardens, greenhouses and woodlands flourish in the heart of the city. Visit the Japanese strolling garden, one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere. In the new Children's Garden, kids can scramble through a tree house and play in water jets. The glass art of Dale Chihuly is on display in three installations, including the seasonal Walla Walla Onions (pictured) in the central reflecting pools. Come early in the morning and you'll have the Missouri Botanical Garden nearly to yourself, save for a few amateur photographers.