Experience the local flora at the Botanical Gardens.

4344 Shaw Blvd.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is a beautiful retreat for the nature inclined. Although Forest Park is so close, sometimes you need more greenery in order to step away from the world of concrete and glass. For an afternoon trip, the Botanical Garden is perfect. It is cheap, close to school, great for dates or voyages with friends, and evolves with seasonal change throughout the year. There is an impressive food garden; pretty English, Japanese, and Chinese style gardens; and a terrific rose garden. The highlight is the sensory garden, which is designed to stimulate our senses of smell, sight, touch, and even taste. Nibble on a mint leaf while petting a lamb’s ear plant, but watch out for the thorns on those sweet-smelling roses!

— Colton G., M1