Jack Corbett's Ten Wonders of Pattaya


Henry Shaw's World Class
 Botanical Gardens
by Jack Corbett

Often rated among the top five botanical gardens in the World, Shaw's Botanical Gardens is a must see for St. Louisans and visitors alike.    There's sixty-five acres of it.   Its fourteen acre Japanese Garden is the largest in the Western Hemisphere.   The Climatron puts you right into the tropics, surrounded by waterfalls and over 1200 species of plants.  There's a Chinese Garden along with other gardens similar to those found in their native countries.

Angie in the Climatron

Visitors will often find the Cherbonnier English Woodlawn Garden's   trees, flowers, and other vegetation   familiar except there's much more variety here.   Stately Oaks, Cottonwoods, Ruby Red Horse Chestnuts, Hickories  are just a few of the trees to be found in this garden along with squirrels and other wildlife.   If you want to know the difference  between a Black Oak and a Red Oak or a White Oak and  a Pin Oak, this is the place to go.   But if something more exotic appeals to you there's even a whole section of insect eating plants but you won't find it in the English Woodlawn Garden.

This is a great place to go to get away from it all.   And even better if you are planning on landscaping your home.   So how did Shaw's Botanical Gardens get its start?   It all came from the fertile imagination and hard work of  Mid Nineteenth century philanthropist, Henry Shaw who made the gardens present day grounds his country home.   After planting thousands of trees and shrubs, Henry opened the botanical gardens to the public in 1859.   Years later, he died and his mausoleum was erected in the botanical gardens.  The gardens became his estate both in life and in death.  Its privately funded even to this day.

The purpose of this page is not to cover Shaw's Botanical Gardens in depth but to present a brief overview with a few links to sites where others have covered it much more extensively.  Hopefully you will find some guidance here along with the other sites comprising Jack Corbett's Ten Wonders of St Louis which will give both the visitor and the St Louisan alike  a keener appreciation for this great city that is often lost or forgotten.


Shaw's Botanical Gardens links

The Missouri Botanical Gardens Web Page

The St Louis Walk of Fame, Henry Shaw

The Looking Glass Magazine


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