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Ruth Palmer Blanke Boxwood Garden

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 6 May 2021 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.

From the archives...................photo captured May 4, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 200 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Marie from Villages du Lac de Paladru, France

I love all the shades of green in this beautiful park. Very nice picture

6 May 2021 5:44am

lisl from Winsley, United Kingdom

Sadly, the Box in this area is being devastated by the Box Moth Caterpillar. That is a magnificent hedging

6 May 2021 5:47am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Magnifique !! de vrais artistes ces jardiniers ..

6 May 2021 5:58am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Nice classical style of gardening

6 May 2021 6:07am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Amazing and awesome garden

6 May 2021 6:16am

sawsengee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

beautiful manicured garden

6 May 2021 6:16am

jpla from Anjou, France

Il est magnifique ce jardin

6 May 2021 6:17am

jean pierre from Paris, France

joli jardin!!

6 May 2021 6:39am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Beautiful garden!

6 May 2021 6:55am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Wonderful garden.

6 May 2021 7:05am

yo from Entre Seine et Loire, France

Splendide vue sur le labyrinthe de buis ! :)

6 May 2021 7:57am

Martine from Brest, France

Jolie vue, les jardiniers ont bien travaillé.

6 May 2021 8:13am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

very beautiful setting

6 May 2021 8:33am

omid from mashhad, Iran

Lovely garden.

6 May 2021 9:22am

Rose from Clinton, United States

I wonder how hard it is to keep trimmed...though I normally like things more natural, I see the beauty here.

6 May 2021 12:34pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

This is stunning. What a beautiful spot.

6 May 2021 12:36pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

what lovely shapes the hedges make. Nice capture

6 May 2021 12:51pm

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Wonderful, pristine and well maintained gardens. Fine composition.

6 May 2021 12:57pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Wow..how artistic these hedges look!! Lovely splash of green. And thank you for the history...it is amazing :)))

6 May 2021 2:39pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Stunning view of this formal garden. It looks so well cared for.

6 May 2021 3:07pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful composition

6 May 2021 3:28pm

PAPOU from Aubusson (Creuse), France

Très joli jardin.

6 May 2021 4:55pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An amazing garden that must take an amazing amount of work to keep it so perfect. This is a wonderful image of this delightful display.

6 May 2021 5:01pm

Ray. B from Charentes-Poitou, France

Superbe mise en valeur avec ta magnifique prise Steven.
Jardin à la Française !...
Cela demande un travail énorme d'entretien. Une merveille.

6 May 2021 5:46pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

This photo gives an inviting result, well photographed.

6 May 2021 7:09pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

"And what do you do for a living?"
"I grow 60 varieties of boxwood in Missouri, where it is notoriously difficult to grow boxwood."
That would be an interesting conversation.

7 May 2021 1:36am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful place. From the many times that I have been to St. Louis to visit relatives, I have never been or even heard of the botanical garden there. I will need to go the next time I visit St. Louis.

7 May 2021 2:21am

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Tu nous en apprends beaucoup sur l'histoire du buis... j'ignorai tout de cela.
Merci pour ce reportage très pédagogique.

7 May 2021 3:04am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is so nice but I would get lost in there.

7 May 2021 3:05am

Ginnie Hart from Netherlands

How lovely, Steven. Can you imagine what it looks like from above!

7 May 2021 5:12am

rem_la from Villiers, France

beaucoup de travail pour tailler ces haies

7 May 2021 5:34am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Oh, this is a beautiful park

7 May 2021 10:56am

helys from Paris, France


7 May 2021 12:21pm

Diane from Parksville, Canada

that maze of boxwood is immediately eye-catching. I didn't know any of that about boxwoods. They are ubiquitous in this area (the west coast), used primarily as hedges and for borders. This particular display looks really beautiful the way they've grown and trimmed it in these appealing curves.

7 May 2021 3:31pm

Remus from Portugal

When there is perseverance, even if the conditions are not ideal, everything is achieved.

Beautiful garden.

7 May 2021 5:08pm

suzanne from Belgium

Quel arrangement ..... super cadré !
Magnifique !!! :-)

7 May 2021 5:34pm

willy from Belgium

Une superbe vue sur le labyrinthe de buis Steven

un grand bravo pour les jardiniers !

bonne fin de semaine

7 May 2021 6:03pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful !

7 May 2021 7:55pm

Hootin' Anni from Corpus Christi, United States

Such intricate beautification!!

8 May 2021 12:56am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, AZ, United States

Oh I think I would like this place!!! Thank you so much for your information! I love your photo!

8 May 2021 2:24am

Calusarus from Valence, France

A beautiful garden

8 May 2021 5:52am

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

Beautiful place.

8 May 2021 10:39pm

Jean-Louis Guianvarc'h from Valence d'Albigeois, France

Un jardin superbement mis en valeur par un très beau cadrage!

9 May 2021 9:22am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful garden. Excellent composition and interesting information. Love this. :)

9 May 2021 5:44pm