During the hours of darkness, botanical gardens transform into tranquil acres of moonlit foliage and shadowy groves inaccessible to visitors. But now you can see this hidden world of soft, radiant flowers, trees and other late-night garden secrets, no trespassing necessary: Simply visit the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; 314-577-9400 or www.mobot.org) during regular hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Montreal-based photographer Linda Rutenberg captured these spectacular after-dusk moments for you in The Garden at Night. This collection of photographs features gardens at sunset and nighttime from across the United States, England and Canada, and it will make you feel as if you, too, have just finished a little midnight stroll — legally, of course. Included with the $4-to-$8 admission to the garden, the exhibition opens in the Ridgway Center on Friday, March 21, and runs through Sunday, May 18.
March 21-May 18, 2008