MOBOT Orchid Show 2015

The best photo I've taken in the Missouri Botanical Garden
The best photo I’ve taken in the Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden is one of those local treasures that I sometimes forget is quite so special as it is. A short drive from my home, this National Historic Landmark is the oldest botanical garden in continuous operation in the country.

I am a member of the Garden, which means that I get free entry anytime, and free or reduced admission to most Garden events. I also get reciprocal free admission to many other gardens in the US. It’s a good value, $65 a year, I only wish that the hours were extended, since they close daily at 5 p.m., which means I (and most worker bees) can’t usually visit on a weekday.

Two of my favorite shows that the Garden puts on are the Succulent Show in the summer and the Orchid Show in the winter.  This past Friday I had the day off work and finally got to see the Orchid Show.  The Orchid Show kicks off in January, with a members-only preview night (I went to that a few years ago, it’s wonderful to see the show at night) and then lasts for a few months. The orchids are brought in and built/planted into an artificial rain forest-type environment. Ideally I would have loved to have a docent next to me and spend hours learning about everything I was seeing. I find that, as I get older, I don’t want to just ooh and aah at pretty things, or laugh and point at ugly things, or sneer at things that are disgusting, I want to understand. I want access to someone who can explain to me why the tree grows this way and how its environment pushed it to do so. I want to know the adaptive function of those strangely shaped leaves. I want to know how animals and plants integrate to form these environments, and how we’re (almost probably) destroying them. Everything I learn about, I want to learn ten layers deeper. Lack of access to experts on every topic frustrates me. I just want to understand more.

Anyway. Here are some photos. They are pretty. I have taken them and edited them in ways that help me build an imaginary world in my mind. This is the world I’d live in if I could choose – a world I built myself, full of dark things and bright things and mystery. I hope you like them.

Building this show must be so delightful.
Building this show must be so delightful.
Seeing the show at night is my preference, but things do seem to glow in the daytime.
Seeing the show at night is my preference, but things do seem to glow in the daytime.
Come with me, and you'll be... in a world of pure imagination.
Come with me, and you’ll be… in a world of pure imagination.
Take a look, and you'll see, into your imagination
Take a look, and you’ll see, into your imagination
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We’ll begin, with a spin, traveling in the world of my creation
What you see will defy
What you see will defy
Explanation
Explanation
If you want to view paradise
If you want to view paradise
simply look around and view it
simply look around and view it
anything you wan to, do it.
anything you want to, do it.
Want to change the world? There's nothing to it.
Want to change the world? There’s nothing to it.
There is no life I know, to compare to pure imagination
There is no life I know, to compare to pure imagination
Living there, you'll be free.
Living there, you’ll be free.

If you truly wish to be.

 

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