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Spring in the Garden

In this brisk Missouri weather we’ve been having (60 degrees and shorts on Friday, icicles on the car on Saturday), I admit that I am longing a bit for spring in the beautiful botanical gardens at Shaw’s Garden.

Every year brings new delights as flowers blossom, festivals are scheduled, and special exhibits open. One of my favorites from years past was in 2006 when the glass artist, Chihuly, came to town.

To celebrate the first Cardinals I’ve seen in our patch of earth (backyard), here are some photos of springtime at Shaw’s Garden.


Chihuly archway in the English rose gardens, 2006.


Chihuly dory filled with blue and purple glass spikes, near the English observatory, 2006.


Glass orbs by Chihuly in the pond, near the rose gardens, 2006.


The Mediterranean gardens, 2006. No Chihuly in this photo that I remember, but it’s one of my favorite places in the garden.


Chihuly red spikes and blue orchid-like flower, 2006.


Bulbous, plant-like sculpture by Chihuly, 2006.

What have I left out? Share your memories of a botanical garden near you.

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at

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