Rau Garden - Blanchette Park - St. Charles, MO
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N 38° 47.896 W 090° 29.096
15S E 718416 N 4297395
Located inside Blanchette Park.
Waymark Code: WM16Z5J
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 11/04/2022
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County of marker: St. Charles County
Location of marker: Randolph St., behind Memorial Hall, Blanchette Park, St. Charles

Marker Text:

Ben Rau Memorial Garden


The Garden was established in the 1930's, and was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

The Garden was officially renamed Ben Rau Memorial Garden in 1974 after his death. Rau volunteered his services to the St. Charles Parks and Recreation Board from 1940 to 1973, and owned and operated Parkview Gardens.

The Garden was renovated in 1987 with the current pavers, and in the 90's the rest of the Garden was transformed.

The Angel of Hope statue was added in the year 1998.

Dedicated in 1973

History of Mark:
"Rau Garden is a beautiful setting for a wedding or to take pictures. If you like butterflies you will find over 50 species here. The garden is in an ever-changing mode. New plants start blooming every week throughout the growing season. So, please don’t forget to stop by and visit often.

"Rau Garden was established in the 1930’s after that area failed to hold water as a lake. The garden was built using W.P.A. workers, they installed all of the walkways and beds. At the beginning the area was established as a rose garden, but was later changed to a flower garden consisting of many different types of plants. All of these plants were grown in the greenhouse facility at Blanchette Park.

"In September 1973 the garden was dedicated in honor of Benjamin Rau. After Rau’s death in 1974 the garden was renamed as Ben Rau Memorial Garden. Rau volunteered his services to the St. Charles Parks and Recreation Board from 1940 to 1973. He owned and operated Parkview Gardens, right across the street from Blanchette Park, and lived there for 78 years. His great love was flowers and he was a very successful businessman.

"The garden was a lot different then. It consisted of flagstone walks and a slightly different bed configuration. For years this garden consisted of seasonal displays, which were changed 2 to 3 times per year, and many floral shows were featured. In 1987, after many years the flagstone deteriorated. The new garden was designed using concrete pavers. Since that time, the garden continues to change every year with the addition of new plantings. At the present time, there are over 50 different species of trees and shrubs, over 100 different perennial plants and we plant over 1000 annuals each season." ~ St. Charles Parks

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