Not a fan of rotten-smelling flowers? No worries, St. Louis florists will deliver flowers that smell great.
St. Louis, Missouri was founded in 1764 and is known for the role it played in development of early Jazz, Ragtime, and Blues music. Sports fanatics will best know the city for the St. Louis Rams of the NFL, or the St. Louis Cardinals of the MLB league. Some may even know it as the home to Anheuser-Busch; the world’s largest brewery.
There is much to do in the way of arts and entertainment in St. Louis with several museums throughout the city. The St. Louis Art Museum boasts works from such masters as Picasso, Pissarro, Rembrandt and Van Gogh among others.
The Missouri Botanical garden is one of the oldest in the country and houses some of the most exquisite flowers in St. Louis. The garden covers 79 acres of gardens and horticultural displays and is a huge draw for St. Louis flower enthusiasts and tourists alike. The botanical garden works to educate the public about plants and gardening and also offers classes in floral design to both St. Louis florists and event planners. There are literally thousands of plants in bloom in this St. Louis flowers and plants garden, all with unique stories of their own however, one plant you won’t find at the botanical garden is the Titan Arum.
Also known as the corpse flower, this is one you definitely won't find at your local St. Louis flower shop either. The University of Missouri in St. Louis has a corpse flower in its greenhouse and eagerly awaits the day that it will flower. This only happens once every 5 years or so and the one at the university hasn't done it in 8. It's called the corpse flower as the smell is reminiscent of rotting flesh. St. Louis flower experts explain that the reason it smells so foul is to attract the meat eating insects that pollinate it. Not a native St. Louis flower, the Titan Arum is indigenous to the tropical forests of Sumatra. The plant can weigh in at 200 lbs., and has been know grow up to 20 feet tall. The flower itself can reach a diameter of up to three feet across and weigh close to 25 lbs., easily making this one of the largest flowering plants in the world. If not the largest, it certainly is one of the least known and worst smelling which is why St. Louis florists have never had a request for one of these. The corpse flower is on display to the general public and despite its reputation as extremely foul smelling, visitors are coming out in the hundreds to witness the flowering. The university also has the plant on live feed via webcam for those curious St. Louis flower enthusiasts who can't stomach the stench. St. Louis flower shop owners and local gardeners find themselves unable to resist the curiosity of such a strange phenomenon, and have managed to make the trip down to the greenhouse to catch a glimpse of this very infrequent event and although it may be a feast for the eyes, it certainly won't be for the nose making this an attraction that St. Louis tourists may want to skip!
St. Louis Things to Do and See
- Gateway Arch
- Anheuser Busch Brewery Tour
- Forest Park, home to the World's Fair almost a century ago
- Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site
- Missouri Botanical Garden
- Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
For flower delivery to St. Louis, you can even look to Kirkwood florists, flower shops in Chesterfield, or florists in Clayton because our shops are real neighborhood florists. You can count on Ballwin florists and St Louis flower shops to deliver fresh flowers right to the recipient's door.
If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.
- Attributed to Claudia Ghandi