Monday, April 22, 2013

 

Henry Shaw

       Those of us who grew up in the St. Louis area still tend to call what is now known as
 The Missouri Botanical Gardens "Shaw's Garden." 
 
 
      That is because the gardens were originally planted by entrepreneur and philanthropist Henry Shaw when St. Louis was just a small town on the banks of the Mississippi River in the mid 1800's.  He immigrated here from Sheffield, England and opened a hardware store just as the pioneers passing through needed one.
 
 
The Gardens were his, and his mausoleum still sits in a grove of trees there. 
 
 
      I like to think the beautifully framed windows are not so much so we can look in, but that he can still look out onto his precious gardens.  When I was there this past week I took some photos of it for you. 
 
 
 Sadly he never married, after once having his heart broken by a young lady.
But he left a legacy for thousands upon thousands of people to enjoy to this day.
 
 
 You can read more about Henry Shaw Here.
      

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