A slow stroll through Missouri Botanical Garden’s Climatron was a winter treat for us a couple of weeks ago. The Climatron is the first geodesic dome to be used as a conservatory. It houses a lush tropical rain forest, on a half acre of land. They have over 2800 individual plants, with about 1400 tropical species. When you walk in you hear the peaceful sound waterfalls, feel the warmth and humidity of 85%, and are convinced you just stepped off a plane in the middle of a jungle. This post is all about a feast for the eyes.
Walking along the paths, I saw plants I didn’t recognize. Those plants that I have at home, put my collection to shame. The humidity and lighting these plants receive are not something that I can replicate. Not even with my little humidifier.
I have no idea what this plant is, but it sure looks awesome. Right out of Jurassic Park.
Look how gorgeous the Zebra Plants are!
Is it not surprising that I kept expecting to see monkeys swinging from the trees?
A pool with water plants, along with beautiful glass art. It looks like the Aluminum plant along the front.
This is a Powder Puff Tree, Calliandra haematocephala. So pretty.
Periodically they have to trim the trees, otherwise they would burst through the roof.
On the left is a Banyan tree, which is a fig that grows from seeds that land on other trees. The roots they send down smother their hosts, which grow into branch-supporting pillars that resemble new tree trunks. On the right is a Silk Floss tree, which has thorn looking growths on the trunk. Another Jurassic Park looking specimen.
There are many waterfalls throughout. I could picture Adam and Eve sitting on those rocks, while they discuss animal names.
Just before we exited the Climatron, I turned and took this last picture. Sigh. It was time to go out into the cold, dead looking winter.
I hope you enjoyed this tour of Missouri Botanical Garden’s Climatron.