Saturday, June 9, 2012

Munsinger and Clemens Gardens of St.Cloud

These gardens are a real feast for the eyes!  There are no admissions fees or gates, one may wander through them any time of the day or evening.  The Munsinger Garden is the work of the Works Progress Administration during the 1930's.  It is a relaxing and tranquil cottage-style garden located along the Mississippi River.
What is great about this garden is that there are bench swings along its paths, where John and I sat just to relax and watch the river flow by. Shade-loving plants can be found here under tall pine and oak trees. Up the hill and overlooking the Munsinger Gardens are the sunny Clemens Gardens. They were developed in 1986 through the generosity of  Bill Clemens and his family. They also are a real joy to see, and even smell- there is a rose garden with over 1,000 roses.
The Clemens Gardens are made up of six different small gardens. Below is the White Garden, my favorite.
In each garden  is a unique fountain. I have here a picture of Three Graces Fountain, located in the Trelliage Garden.  The fountain sits under a 100-foot, cast iron arbor dome.

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