Southwest Garden general boundaries are defined as Southwest Ave. northward to S. Kingshighway to Interstate Highway I-44 on the North, southward to Missouri Botanical Gardens and Tower Grove Ave., westward to Shaw Blvd. southward to Alfred Ave., westward to Magnolia Ave., southward on S. Kingshighway Blvd., on the East, westward to Connecticut St. on the South, northward to Hampton Ave. on the West, to Southwest Ave.
Parks in Southwest Garden
Officially opened to the public in 1872, Tower Grove has been characterized as the largest and best preserved 19th-century Gardenesque style city park in the United States. This formal landscape architecture style features winding paths, symmetrical features, intense planting and the use of architecturally elaborate gates, pavilions, and houses; it differs from the much more numerous Picturesque landscapes of Frederick Law Olmstead and others. The 289-acre tract in the south central part of the city, along with the adjacent Missouri Botanical Gardens, was a gift to the City of St. Louis by merchant philanthropist Henry Shaw (1800-1889), who was largely responsible for its design.
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