Laurtizen Gardens on Saturday

Here are a few more images from my visit to Laurtizen Gardens last Saturday. There is quite a bit more to see in the winter with their new Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory expansion.

Experience the wonder and amazement of gardens under glass…

To the left of the visitor and education center is the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory. A study in luxuriant flowers and foliage, unusual plant life, dramatic water features and panoramic views, the 17,500 square foot conservatory is a walkable work of art for all four seasons. From tropical gardens with soaring palms and vibrant flowers to temperate gardens with moss-covered oak trees and blooming azaleas, to an ever-changing gallery space for magnificent floral displays and special events, guests can explore picturesque garden areas and experience creative horticultural designs throughout the year.

With the visual appearance that the glass structure is growing from the hillside, the conservatory’s uniqueness lies in the gradual twenty-foot rise in elevation that visitors experience from the entry to the northern end. This provides surprises around every corner- including a ten-foot waterwall, dramatic glimpses of the contrasting conservatory plantings, a large pool with Victoria water lilies- and culminates with an outlook over the beautiful Missouri River valley and the entrance to the garden’s century-old bur oak forest in the middle of the city.

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