Tower Grove Park is a large park that is adjacent to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Most of the park's land was donated to the city by Henry Shaw in 1868. The park is home to a popular farmer's market and several festivals during the summer.
The park features 32 pavilions of picturesque design, most dating from the Victorian era, which provide shady areas for park visitors to rest. The landscape of the park includes a lily pond and formal plantings; the Piper Palm House, a bandstand, the site of music and other special events; as well as tennis courts; a wading pool for small children; open expanses of green; softball diamonds and soccer fields; paths for walkers, joggers, and cyclists, and tall specimen trees and a great variety of bushes. The park was designed in the gardenesque style by James Gurney Sr. and has been designated a National Historic Landmark as one of the nation's finest examples of a late 19th-century public park.
There are several statues from the 1800s along the central corridor of the park. These statues include a full likeness of Alexander von Humboldt, the German explorer and geographer, one of William Shakespeare the English playwright, and a statue of Christopher Columbus by von Miller.
You can find busts of famous musicians around the bandstand. Mozart and Rossini by Howard Kretschmar from 1882, Beethoven and Wagner by Ferdinand von Miller from 1884, and Gounod and Verdi by Carlo Nicoli from 1886.
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