Back in the Garden

We have spent the best part of this summer in the Missouri Botanical Gardens.   We have been so lucky to live in a city with so many free activities in such gorgeous surroundings.  We have enjoyed many things about this beautiful spot.

In our first year here (pre-Kazuo) we attended the weekly summer Jazz sessions for an evening picnic in the park.  We had a fabulous weekend at the Japanese festival over Labour Weekend and brought many of our overseas visitors to the gardens to enjoy a stroll.

When Kazuo joined us, it became a favourite place to take some exercise, and we even managed a family portrait (thanks to our talented friend Denise) when the O’Connors visited us last March.

One of my favourite aspects of the garden is the variety of well-placed sculpture.  I am always drawn to the exuberant joy of this particular piece:

This spring we discovered the delights of the Children’s Garden and MOBOT has become a regular weekly destination that has featured often in my This Moment posts.  Kazuo loves this well-designed space.  Particularly the General Store where he can carry around fake fruit and vegetables to his heart’s content.  This has become increasingly alluring as his vocabulary has expanded to encompass most of the objects he is playing with.

Today Kazuo and I met ‘Emmy’ and her mama there for a stroll, feeding the koi/ducks/turtles and some free-roaming play in the children’s garden.  It was a beautiful morning – just the right temperature – and the gardens were teeming with locals enjoying the free entry on a Wednesday morning.  As per usual, Kazuo made a bee-line for the store, but we also managed a happy little interlude in the outdoor music area.

We are soaking up the sunny days in this magical place.

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