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Ruth Palmer Blanke Boxwood Garden

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 13 May 2014 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The Ruth Palmer Blanke Boxwood Garden is designed to display the Missouri Botanical Garden’s outstanding collection of boxwood, which is notoriously difficult to grow in the Midwest. There are 60 unique varieties of Boxwood in the Boxwood Garden. Boxwood has been valued in gardens for thousands of years, from the “pleasure gardens” of ancient Persia and the landscapes of Greece and Rome, to the formal gardens of Europe. There are no native North American boxwoods; the first plantings in this country were made by colonial settlers who imported cuttings from England, France and Holland. Boxwood then moved westward with the pioneers. The elegant beauty of boxwood gives shape, structure and evergreen foliage to any garden setting.

Visitors enter the Ruth Palmer Blanke Boxwood Garden through a handsome open brick courtyard that allows them to see inside the garden. This new opening features a fountain with vertical sprays of water that run continuously. Two entry paths are flanked by perennial borders and boxwoods and wind around brick walls. Visitors discover a formal oval boxwood parterre accented with colorful flowers and ground cover.

Surrounding the plantings at the center of the garden are boxwood borders informally planted to show off the annual display and to provide a framework for the garden. In contrast to the garden’s formality are fountains with random leapfrog jets that jump into the air and arch over the paths, interspersed with round pools with continuously playing vertical jets of water.

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s interest in boxwood stems from the work of the late Edgar Anderson, former director of the Garden and a distinguished member of its scientific staff for 40 years. In 1969, Dr. Anderson established a test program at the Garden to identify hardy strains of boxwood collected from Asia and the Balkans. The Edgar Anderson Boxwood Memorial Area, accessible by the steps on the east side of the Garden, showcases the Boxwood that Anderson obtained during his 1934 trip to the Balkans. There are 18 unique kinds of Boxwood in the Edgar Anderson Area.

A two-shot panoramic photo captured May 4, 2014.

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Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle jardin et vue quel dessin ce courbes sueprbe compo.

13 May 2014 5:43am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Superbe géométrie de verdure.)

13 May 2014 7:29am

franz from Baden, Austria

beautiful for sure, though i'm not altogether a fan of formal gardens. i love boxwood and had several specimen in my garden until two years ago when disaster struck in the shape of the box tree moth, a bug "imported" from asia, that ate its way across central europe in the space of five years, devastating most boxwood stands on the way (as in my garden ...). i hope this bug never gets to america !!!

13 May 2014 9:54am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A perfect presentation choice to catch the magic here . .

13 May 2014 1:53pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine, wide shot of this formal looking shrubbery. Excellent photo work.

13 May 2014 2:27pm

fereshteh. from Iran

Beautiful composition.

13 May 2014 4:23pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Excellent point of view to appreciate the shapes and curves.

13 May 2014 5:16pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice panorama!
such beautiful composition, colors, lighting & graphics!

13 May 2014 5:18pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful panorama !

13 May 2014 7:26pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

A wonderful panoramic view of the garden. A very beautiful image.

13 May 2014 7:34pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Beautiful gardens - sure a far shot from the gardens I remember toiling over
at the farm. Beautiful photo.

13 May 2014 8:22pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Very impressive; great garden design ~ fantastic pov!

14 May 2014 12:00am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

What a lovely gardens. This is just gorgeous. I could spend some time walking around here. Wonderful view and great information!

14 May 2014 12:22am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Beautiful garden, nice panoramic framing.

14 May 2014 1:54am

Langevine from Angers, France


14 May 2014 6:12pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A gorgeous display of the boxwood. I would hate to be the guy who has to trim it.

15 May 2014 12:12am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

I like the low POV for this scene.

17 May 2014 1:24pm