The Missouri Botanical Gardens – The Lantern Festival 2012

The Lantern Festival 2012 Logo

The Missouri Botanical Gardens was founded in 1859 and as the oldest Botanical Garden in continuous operation, it is a National Historic Landmark. As the center for Botanical Research and Science Education, it is one of the most precious places in our city. 79 acres in total, it holds the largest collection of rare and endangered orchids as well as a 14 acre gorgeous Japanese garden. 

The Chinese Garden
The Chinese Garden

For over 151 years it has been a place of beauty, history, education and passion; for those of us that love to succumb to its peaceful oasis. It was the very first place my husband took me when I moved here over 5 years ago and it continues to be the place that we visit to share in the gift of our life together. 

It was our 4th Anniversary the recently passed Friday the 13th; if you do the traditions like we do, the 4th Anniversary is Fruits and Flowers. So my gift to him was to take him back to the first place he brought me, The Missouri Botanical Gardens on the night of The Lantern Festival 2012. Many thanks to MoBot for putting this together for my family so that I could share the Event and the incredible gift that our gardens are to our readers. 

Faeries in Water


The Lantern Festival 2012 is an International Exhibition of Art, Music, Food and outstanding light displays that is held between May 31st and August 19th. The Lanterns are not the small lanterns you might be imagining, they are enormous statues that light up the night leaving the gardens basking in a magical glow. It is something so fantastical that it is difficult to find the words or even the photos to express what it feels like standing there amidst the beauty of the gardens and the light of the Lanterns.

I will be separating my post that covers the Lantern Festival into 3 posts since I have so many pictures and stories to tell you! Right now I just wanted to give you a little history of our gardens, the festival itself and to let you know that the upcoming hours will be changing in case you want to visit!

Hours of Operation:

  • Now – July 29th – Thursday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm (last entry is at 9pm)
  • August 1st – August 19th – Monday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm (last entry at 9pm)
So starting next Wednesday you can go any day of the week to see the Lantern Festival, but until this coming Sunday it is only open Thurs-Sun.
Butterfly Love Lantern



My next post will be going over the early hours of the Festival, the “Day” portion; the wonderful Food and Drinks available, Crafts and Events! You’ll get to see the many amazing photos we have to share along with some from MoBot that shows how the Lanterns are made! Until then, I hope you check out the Missouri Botanical Gardens website and see all the amazing photos and stories they have to share.

Update: You can read Art by Day – Magic by Night by visiting the pages below!

I was given tickets to attend the Lantern Festival 2012 and share my story with our readers. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation. Photos in this post are owned and provided by MoBot


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