This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
One of the favorite parks of St. Louis is "Lafayette," and a beautiful place it is. Thousands of people gather here, more particularly on Sunday, and are seen wandering through the shady avenues, or sitting about under the trees enjoying the beauties of nature. The park contains about thirty acres, is centrally located and of easy access by street car. Near the centre is erected a, bronze statue of Benton and beneath are the words, "There is the East; there is India," from a speech of the great statesman. On the south side of the park is a statue of Washington, | around which are planted very pretty beds of foliaged plants. The carpet and mosaic beds have been a chief feature of the attractions this season. No less than twenty-five thousand plants were set out, chiefly foliage plants. These are contracted for and furnished by the city florists. In addition many beds are made up of annuals, Cannas, Caladiums, grasses, roses and herbaceous plants. Nine hundred Coleus Verschaffelti and fifteen hundred Coleus Setting-sun were planted, these being the only Coleus used. The last named bids fair to equal the former in general usefulness. It has stood the heat and dryness of the past season extremely well, and being of a rich golden color has imparted a glorious effect to the grounds.
A variegated Stevia worked in well for lining the designs. " Lafayette Park " in large letters cut in the grass near the walk proved an immense attraction to young and old. Two rows of Echevaria secunda glauca formed the outside, and a single row of Alternanthera spathula in the centre completed each letter. A circular bed of more intricate design contained the Missouri coat of arms. The ground work of this appeared to be a dwarf Pilea about three inches high, and remained green all through the season. The bears in this bed made a good deal of amusement for the youngsters but they were perfectly tame.
Another bed cut in the shape of a large cornucopia, the mouth filled with tea roses; and the balance planted with various colored foliage plants was charmingly pretty. Of the many carpet beds planted, nearly all retained their distinctive features until the first frost of the season occurred, November 2d, thus ruthlessly destroying the floral beauties of this, the garden park of St. Louis.