City Garden649 Votes Currently Open
- Address: 801 Market St, St Louis, MO 63101, United States, Saint Louis
- Timings: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-3142413337
- Tags: Garden, Botanical Garden, Walking Area, Family And Kids
Picture the first bloom of flowers, the rainbow after a storm and the glittering seeds of a pomegranate. From the wild, blasts of colour that paint the sky, to the burst of patterns across the bodies of animals, it is without doubt that art and nature go hand in hand. Now picture a museum that combines the perfectly proportionate beauty of nature along with the maddening complexity of contemporary, man-made art. Now imagine that the museum you’re picturing isn’t a museum at all, but a large, luscious garden.
Welcome to City Garden, a 2.9 acre garden attached to a shopping mall but open on all sides. The garden is right next to Gateway Mall, a shopping complex whose development has mirrored that of St. Louis itself. The Garden itself has become very popular, thanks to its beautiful marriage of nature and sculpture. The park includes six rain gardens, a 102-fountain "spray plaza" in which children can play, as well as a 180 feet (55 m)-long pool with a 6-foot (1.8 m)-tall waterfall.
- The garden also includes Ginkgo biloba trees, native plants, and spacious sidewalks. With over 235 trees, plants, native wildflowers and shrubs, the park has become a fascinating horticultural hotspot, reflecting the diversity in the flora of the city. Three different soil mixes were devised to nourish each and every plant, and the foliage is very well looked after.
- There are water features, such as a small pool where very young children can wade.
- The park has larger works of art placed upon wide lawns and smaller pieces are in the more private areas. Bronze, stainless steel, fiberglass, polyester and different kinds of mediums have been used to create the displays. The most iconic statues is a huge bronze head lying on its side by the sculptor Igor Mitoraj. Many of the exhibits are so huge, visitors can actually walk through them. One display includes digital screens showing people walking by.
Enjoy your time in this oasis of beauty and peace in the heart of down town. Watch the sky turn into the sun’s canvas as the sun sets and feel at peace while pondering over the work of both man and Mother Nature.
City Garden Travel Tips
- You can’t picnic or play games here as this is mostly a garden for viewing pleasure.
- Tours of the park explore three aspects of Citygarden: the collection of sculpture, Citygarden's design and its landscaping. Please call 2 weeks in advance .
- The garden is not designed for private events and is intended for the enjoyment of the public.
- No skateboarding, bike riding, roller-skates, segways, in-line skates and other similar conveyances in the park.
- No climbing on the waterfall or the limestone wall.
- No barbecue grills or other picnic furniture are allowed in the site.
- Playing in the Lower Basin and the Boat Basin is allowed for children only when Park Monitors are on duty.
How to Reach City Garden
- Get off at the 8th & Pine MetroLink station.
- Bailey’s Range (American)
- Charlie Gitto’s Restaurants (Continental, Italian)
- Caleco’s Restaurant and Bars Do (Italian, Pizza)
- TGI Friday’s (Seafood, Burgers)
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45.29% of people who visit Saint Louis include City Garden in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
36.96% of people start their City Garden visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see City Garden
68.18% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting City Garden