Unique Features in Missouri Botanical Garden's Victorian District You Shouldn't Miss During a Visit

Steve Chao

ST. LOUIS, MO – As an icon of plants conservation in St. Louis, Missouri Botanical Garden seemed never to stop offering a variety of exhibitions for visitors. Dozens of gardens with specific characteristics display a classic and traditional atmosphere from various countries, one of which is the Victorian District, a garden area that opened in 2008.

Along with the Garden's oldest structures, the Dorris Waters Harris Lichtenstein Victorian District features interactive exhibitions and programs around traditional Victorian plants and world-class gardening displays. Stretching from the Victory of Science over Ignorance statue to Henry Shaw's city townhouse to the east of the English Woodland Garden, this area offers unique and historical objects that should not be missed on your visit.

You can start your visit with a building known as the final resting place of the founder of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Henry Shaw, which consists of a stone and red granite foundation designed by George I. Barnett. This old structure, named the Mausoleum, hides a white marble statue by artist Frederick von Miller depicting the figure of Henry Shaw.

Surrounded by an ornamental iron fence, you will find St. Louis Herb Society's Herb Garden located behind the Tower Grove House. This garden has a look that resembles Henry Shaw's kitchen garden with a collection of culinary and medicinal herbs. Some parts of the garden are divided into culinary, therapeutic, utility, and fragrances areas.

It does not stop there. You can also see a museum and historical library of Henry Shaw, Peter and Stephen Sachs Museum, where botanists in the Victorian era conducted research. The interior of this museum resembles Museum No. 2 of Economic Botany at Kew Gardens in England, decorated with a ceiling mural by artist Leon Pomarede. In 2018, the building was re-opened after undergoing renovations with the support of Peter Sachs. You can visit the museum every day, from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

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