Let's meander around the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, MO, shall we? I ran out there last week. I try and get out there once per season to see all the beautiful plants evolve through the seasons.
For today, let me give you the view from atop the observatory near Tower Grove House..
Henry Shaw lived in this "country home" on the left as he built his gardens. The building on the right is the research library. You can also see the Victorian Garden between the house and library. The garden was opened to the public in 1859 at no charge. Several years later, Shaw had this observatory built for the public to offer a better view of the land. Apparetly, Shaw grew tired of the patrons' requests to climb the tower in HIS house to view the gardens from several stories up. Can't say I blame him, either.