Friday, July 24, 2009

Meet Me in St. Louis!

Clang, clang, clang went the trolley
Ding, ding, ding went the bell
Zing, zing, zing went my heartstrings
As we started for botanical thrill...

YAY! My friend Carole and I will be visiting MOBOT (Missouri Botanical Garden) on Friday, August 21. I've already contacted a few folks along our route — Beckie, Rose, and Lisa — about stopping by their gardens. But if you live near MOBOT or want to plan a little road trip of your own, we'd love to meet you there.

We'd also appreciate lodging (simple, safe) and restaurant (open to everything) tips from locals. And if you've visited MOBOT, let me know your favorite spots.

And, most pressingly, what's the freakin' difference between botanic and botanical in garden names?! Word geeks want to know!

Have a good weekend!


  1. Monica have a good trip and take lots of pictures!--Randy

  2. Hi Monica, wish I lived closer. You are bound to have a great time.

    BTW, what are those colorful pods floating in the pool?

  3. I am so tempted to plan a visit to St Louis to see my sisters! Let me think about this~~my son may be home that week! It's a great place to visit....and the city has much to offer. Do plan a trip to the zoo!

  4. I wish i could tell you were to stay there Monica. I have been there a couple of times but always as a day trip since we live so close.

  5. Ooooh how exciting....have a fun journey.....

  6. Have a great time - looking forward to hearing about it!

    Interesting photo, what are those onionish things in the water?

  7. You know I was all set to go any weekend but this! I do hope several people can meet up with you, Monica, and that you get a chance to visit other gardens along the way. Sounds like a wonderful trip! Thanks for asking the question I've been wondering about myself:)

  8. Monica, can't wait to see you! You will have to take my garden as you find it, though. Between now and then I will have little time to do much needed work on it. :( Wish I could take a couple of days off to go with you. I've always wanted to see those gardens.

  9. Love that shot! Have a great time and post lots of pictures.

  10. Hi Monica, I went to MOBOT last fall and really enjoyed it. If the Chihuly's are still there, you'll love them (that's what those "onions" are in the pond). I couldn't say what my favorite part was. It's a big place and I didn't get to see everything. For a little taste, here's a link to my post about it:
    Have fun!

  11. I wish I lived close as I would love to meet you...You asked how close the tornado was to where we live and it's about 30 miles east of where we are.....Michelle

  12. I want to visit there one day. I hear that it is one of the nicest botanical gardens in the U.S.

  13. Monica! Your are on the move this summer! Great; then you can post and I can delight in your photos!
    This year is not a good year for me to be travelling but there's always next!! Clang, clang, clang..zing, zing ,zing!!

  14. Du bist ja wirklich sehr viel unterwegs in letzter Zeit. Ich wünsche Dir eine wunderbare Reise und viele schöne Eindrücke. Uns wünsche ich tolle Bilder anschließend. Komm gesund zurück.
    Liebe grüße, Birgit

  15. Oh yes, that sounds like a very nice place to visit. I can't wait for your report and pictures!

  16. Sounds like a fun trip you have planned. Tell Beckie & Rose I said hi! :) Can't wait to hear all about it and hope you take lots of photos too.

  17. Hi Monica! You are really getting around this summer! :-) We drove through St. Louis last week... on the way down to Atlanta and on the return trip home Friday. (No stopping until we were west... for a quick bite to eat.) I'll look forward to your pix.

  18. Sounds delightful, Monica, and if you can hook up with Thelma & Louise, even more so :) You lucky gal! Anxious to see your photos and wishing you a safe journey back home (dragging nice weather with you, I hope)!

  19. I still get upset because I never got a chance to visit MGB when I was out in St. Louis. My wife will never outlive that mistake.

  20. What a very inviting picture of the Botanic Garden you are about to visit in August :)

    I love the Judy Garland song...such an innocent wholesome musical :)

    Have a wonderful time :)

  21. Do all the visitors get a pedestal to leap off?

    . . . I came by to mention a gardening blog I've just come across. It looks really lovely - the photos sort of blend in with the overall look - but I don't speak German and there's a lot of text . . .

    The blog owner doesn't know about Blotanical but I'm thinking there are quite a few Blotanical readers who might like to look at

    and that she might be interested in Blotanical blogs too - probably not mine though!

    Anyway, I wondered if you might like to check it out? The title is Swedish but she lives in Niederrhein.

    Her emphasis is on vegetables, I got that much - but she manages to make them look really pretty.

    Interesting to know what you think.

    (You're the only garden blogger I know who I also know speaks German. Now I'll find I'm the only one who doesn't . . . !)