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Big Lizards in the Garden


As the famed Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard) celebrates its 50th birthday, it's time to reflect on what makes the greenhouse so spectacular. R. Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome? Check. The whimsical waterfalls and winding pathways? Naturally. But what makes the Climatron such a treasure is its ability to transport visitors into the sultry, humid environs of a tropical rainforest. Now, with the opening of DinoQuest, patrons can likewise be transported through time, to an age when dinosaurs romped across the earth. Various lifelike dino statues will be placed throughout the Climatron, from the mighty T. rex to the tiny but sharp-toothed Bambiraptor. The adjoining Brookings Interpretative Center continues the experience with artifacts, presentations and even a prop from Jurassic Park III (no, it's not William H. Macy's mustache). DinoQuest opens Saturday, May 1, and continues through Sunday, October 3. Admission is $3 to $13. For more information, call 314-577-5100 or visit
May 1-Oct. 3, 2010