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Jun 02, 2020
In a few weeks the Missouri Botanical Garden will reopen to visitors. It sits on land that was once a prairie until discovered by Henry Shaw, an eighteen year old Englishman, who went on to make his fortune selling hardware and cutlery. He developed the land as an European style garden and opened it to the public in 1859 with a focus on horticultural displays and education.
Today as a National Historic Landmark, the garden has been recognized for its work in science and conservation. Each year, thousands of families, friends and visitors come to unwind and enjoy the peaceful surroundings, sculptures, flowers and special events.
The garden has always been one of my favorite places to visit, especially with family. Ten years ago, my daughter and five-year old grandson accompanied me through the garden. I attempted to use my new botanical knowledge as a Master Gardener. He was not interested in the flowers that I was photographing. He preferred scampering along the sidewalks, hiding in the bushes, climbing the sheep statues, exploring the delightful children's garden and splashing in the fountains near the Kemper Garden. Even the giant koi in the lake in the Japanese Garden didn't seem to keep his attention.
Then he discovered the colorful Walla Walla Onions floating in the reflection ponds beneath the towering angel sculptures. Sitting quietly on the edge of the pond gazing in the direction of the Climatron, he wistfully commented, "Mom, this is so beautiful. I wish we could stay here forever."
In just a few days, he will turn fifteen. It's a magical age teetering between being a playful, inquisitive child and a teenager focused on playing video games and getting his driver's permit.
I am looking forward to spending time with the family rediscovering the garden and all its beauty, especially through the eyes of a young man.
Visit St. Louis Photos and Fine Art Gallery for more images of the Missouri Botanical Garden to consider for a special Father's Day gift. I'm also offering a 30% discount through June 7, plus free shipping on orders over $45.
Elizabeth (Betty) Moore
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