Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Presence of Silk

The Missouri Botanical Gardens is having a double whammy in their Jenkins’ Daylily Garden.  The daylilies are starting their bloom season and there is a large Lantern Festival in the many botanical gardens.

It's not just daylilies; there are over 2,000 varieties.  It's not just lanterns, it's an international exhibition of larger-than-life, lighted works of art from China. 

The web page has this information and photos:

"May 29, 2012 - August 19, 2012
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
6 to 10 p.m. Thursday—Sunday evenings, May 31—July 29
6 to 10 p.m. seven nights a week, August 1—19
(last entry at 9 p.m.)

Experience one of China’s most treasured events and ancient traditions – the annual lantern festival. Elaborate outdoor sets crafted of silk and steel will celebrate Chinese culture through bold color, dazzling light and striking design. The exhibition offers visitors a unique opportunity to witness a spectacle rarely staged outside of Asia. View the art by day or experience the illuminated magic by night.  Lanterns are lit at 8 p.m."

Take good walking shoes, your camera, $22 a person for non-members, and the leisurely attitude the garden offers.  Silk!  Daylilies!  Wow!

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