The scenery Aurora is seeing is gorgeous!
@rockingbearranch: "they look concerned"
@abuckshort: Well done! I'm not at all surprised you ended up as a photo op.
The Missouri Botanical Garden has several corpse flowers, and when they bloom it's a big deal. They don't bloom annually (this particular one last did in 2013), but it opens up wide and emits an odor like rotting flesh. The blooms last anywhere from 12-48 hours, so when I heard it had opened on Saturday I wanted to go. I didn't get a chance until Monday, and it had already closed back up. Lucky for me the smell was still hanging around.
The heat index was 103 that day, and I figured that since I was already out I might as well show Tree around the garden. It's 79 acres and was established in 1859 by Henry Shaw (locals just call it Shaw's Garden). The Climatron, a geodesic dome conservatory, was built in 1960.
In 2006 the exhibit "Glass In The Garden" featured work by glass blowing artist Dale Chihuly. Several of the pieces were purchased and kept as permanent installations. This gate leads to the rose garden.