Okay, one doesn’t really board the Climatron; it’s a building on the grounds of the Missouri Botanical Garden. More specifically, it is a geodesic dome that encloses a greenhouse, but it does sound like some kind of steampunk contraption that could take you to strange places. It was built in 1960 and the name Climatron refers to the building’s technology for controlling the climate.
The photos that follow are just a small sampling of what one can find in the Climatron. If I know the name of the item I use it, otherwise I just call it what I think makes sense.
Chihuly glass (isolated from a grouping of about six pieces). Why is this in the Climatron? I’m not sure but the garden has numerous small and large displays of Chihuly glass in various spots. I’m guessing they are left over (not accidentally and not without cost) from a garden exhibition in 2006 of glass works by artist Dale Chihuly. The visitors’ center, and main entrance to the garden, has a 2,300 pound chandelier that measures six feet across by over 20 feet long created by Chihuly for the exhibition.
A nice example of a yellow flower. If it were larger it might make a nice pilsner glass.
Fish mouth flowers.
Something orange with water drops.
One of the orange things similar to above but flowering.
Flowers with skinny, red velvet petals. This is a pretty remarkable specimen as velvet, especially the red variety, is very difficult to cultivate. Just one more reason Missourians are proud of the Climatron.
I have no idea what this is but I know what it looks like.
Red puff flower. Yep, that’s the real name.
Red puff flower before bloom.
Red peace lily.