Ah, the quiet majesty of the holiday wreath! You made them in grammar school. You've peddled them door-to-door to raise funds for your ungrateful kids' various costly activities. In January, you add them to the pile of tinsel and shredded wrapping paper in the trash. A less-than-exciting life cycle, certainly. This year, make a wiser wreath decision: Block out some time to wander around indoors at the always-stunning Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; www.mobot.org
) to take in the annual Holiday Wreath Exhibition
. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (including Thanksgiving day!) through Tuesday, January 1, some serious wreath-y works of art will be on display, all designed and constructed by a who's who of St. Louis floral artistes
, including folks from the Bug Store, Tulip and A Rose Is a Rose. Each wreath is an original, and all are available for you to own via the time-tested silent auction. Post-holiday letdown will be washed away for the lucky winners who will be notified after the first of the year. Proceeds go directly to support the dazzling botanical garden, so don't be shy about those bids! There is no additional cost beyond the usual garden entry fee ($2 to $8) to view the exhibit. Hear a positively lovely recording of information regarding the show at 314-577-9400.
Nov. 16-Dec. 24; Dec. 26-Jan. 1, 2007