Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Early Spring Flowers at Shaw's Garden

FOLLOWING ARE PHOTOS taken today at the Missouri Botanical Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, otherwise known as Shaw's Garden, after its founder, Henry Shaw.

A little more than a month ago, the garden outside of the greenhouses was barren, but now the early spring flowers, mainly bulbs, are beginning to bloom. Click on any photo for a larger version.

Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - snowdrops Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - shrub rose twig

Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - yellow witch hazel flowers Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - red witch hazel flowers

Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - pink blossoms Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - white and purple crocus

Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - white crocus Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - yellow crocus

Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - purple crocus Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - crocus

Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - daffodils Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - daffodils

Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - scilia flower Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - scilia flower


Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - magnolia flower Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - Hellebore


This garden was Shaw's country estate, and a number of his original buildings still survive. The following three structures at Shaw's Garden were all designed by the architect George I. Barnett.

Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - Tower Grove House

Tower Grove House (1849), Shaw's country home, in the "Lake Como" Italianate style.

Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - Museum building

Museum building (1859), now closed and awaiting restoration.

Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - Mausoleum of Henry Shaw

Mausoleum (1886) containing tomb of Henry Shaw (1800-1889), R.I.P.

Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - Piper Observatory

The Piper Observatory is a replica of the tower which gave the adjoining Tower Grove Park its name. Shaw donated the park to the city in 1868, and it remains a Victorian gem. Behind the tower is Shaw's townhouse (1851), removed from downtown Saint Louis and reconstructed here in 1891.

Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Garden, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - hedge maze

The tower overlooks a hedge maze.

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