Monday, December 7, 2009

Hometown Series-Gardens

St. Louis has many identities: Gateway to the West, southern town, midwestern city, river town, home to Cardinal nation. Many immigrants have called St. Louis home: , Germans, Irish and French settlers, and the Italians who settled on "The Hill".
The amalgam of cultures is also reflected in the various garden styles at Shaw's Garden in the Tower Grove section of St. Louis. The Japanese Garden enjoys status as one of the finest in the country. There is also a fine English Woodland Garden. Very formal layouts are reminiscent of French gardens.
One of the more recent additions is a small Chinese garden, complete with traditional wall, water feature, and pagoda, forming an intimate outdoor room. Peace, harmony, and contemplation of nature make it a destination that both soothes and inspires.

Monet had his Giverny, Childe Hassam had Appledore Island, Sargent had the formal gardens and fountains of Italy. Somewhere near you there is probably a public garden that could provide subject matter for paintings and a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city. Seek them out and bring your paintbrush!

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