The Volunteer Park Conservatory is a stunning botanical garden with an amazing collection of plants. There are giant plants, reaching towards the ceiling, air plants hanging with their roots out in the open, and a whole wing of varieties of cacti.
One great aspect of the Volunteer Park Conservatory (and the nearby Volunteer Park Water Tower), is that it’s great for rainy days. The Conservatory has the advantage in this regards, as it’s heated! Step inside, and you’re soothed by the sounds of water dripping as patrons quietly tour the collection.
One surprising draw is “Dougsley”, the Amorphophallus titanum (or “corpse flower”), known for its rotting flesh smell which draws insects to fertilize its flower. The corpse flower blooms in the fall, and for a mercifully short time. Don’t miss it… unless you’d very much rather miss it.
Be sure to check out their store, and the Conservatory also holds a yearly Autumn Plant Sale so you can work on your own mini exotic plant collection.