Friday, September 6, 2013

Back Corners Of The Garden

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The Missouri Botanical Garden has broad open areas where the events of the Japanese Festival were held. It also has beautiful back corners with a more intimate scale.

These photos are of Tower Grove House, home of Henry Shaw, the founder of the Garden and adjacent Tower Grove Park. The turret on the right side of the building is the tower. You can barely see a railing on the very top, from which Shaw could observe his, well, um, groves.

The white statue is of Juno, queen of the Roman gods. If you look at it from a certain angle you'd swear she was hitchhiking. The third photo is a wraith-like figure within the glass walls of Shaw's tomb. The last was moved to the Garden from our 1904 World's Fair. It represents Persephone during her time on earth on parole from Hades, pouring water so crops may prosper.                

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6 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Interesting architecture with those high windows and the gardens are pretty (almost à la française). The statues make it even more delightful.

JM said...

Great shots, Bob! That dark plant in the foregorund of the top shot is amazingly beautiful.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Lovely shots of the garden Bob, Juno hitchhiking :)))
p.s. I think you mean Tony Abbott the leader of what we call the Liberal Party and believe me you are so right.. unfortunately I have a dreadful feeling he will get in tomorrow, seriously I wonder what's going on in people's heads sometimes..do they think 'oh well lets have a change' without realizing the consequences!I don't pray, but I will tonight :))

William Kendall said...

What a beautiful place to spend time in. Lovely shots, Bob.

Jack said...

Those gardens are beautiful, Bob.

Stefan Jansson said...

What a place. I rally like the first photo, it's superb.