Take it Downton

If you're dying for more Downton Abbey, or at the very least something that hearkens back to the style of Downton Abbey, the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; 314-577-5100 or www.mobot.org) has you covered. The nineteenth-century country home of Henry Shaw -- the Victorian visionary who turned his estate into the Garden --- is decorated for the season in the style of Shaw's day. A Victorian Christmas at Tower Grove House features exquisite wreaths and garlands, and even a Christmas tree done up in the muted-yet-stately style popular during Queen Victoria's (and Lady Mary's) reign. New this year is the activity corner for children, with ready-to-color, tree-themed ornaments and a free coloring book, A Cold Winter's Evening in Shaw's Garden. Tower Grove House is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday (November 20 through January 5). Admission is free with regular Garden admission.
Wednesdays-Fridays, Sundays. Starts: Nov. 20. Continues through Jan. 5, 2013

 
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