There has been so much confusion and noise hitting us from every corner of our lives this year that, like everyone, I have sought to find peaceful moments whenever and wherever I can.
A special example is Bowood Farms’ overgrown vegetable garden, which in this year of the pandemic has been allowed to return to a natural state. The sight of tall sunflowers and groups of birds swooping over the brush into the dense trees, while insects hum (loudly!) in the background, is truly calming.
In years past the garden has been filled with neat rows of vegetables waiting to be harvested for Bowood’s Cafe Osage, but not this year when the cafe was closed during planting season, and no one knew if and when restaurants would reopen.
For now, I welcome the change and the peace the garden affords. It seems even more appropriate with the passing of Bowood Farms’ founder John McPheeters in early June. John was a true visionary in creating the beautiful, imaginative garden shop and cafe on the northern edge of the CWE, guiding its evolution into a treasured destination over the ensuing years.
John was also a staunch supporter of both the Missouri Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and Magnificent Missouri, In a serendipitous way, it seems fitting that the garden was left untended and allowed to return to nature this summer.
Bowood Farms, Cafe Osage & Holliday are open (check websites for hours), 4600-4605 Olive St. (314) 454-6868.
Whether enjoying the scene (above) while waiting for a curbside pick-up at Bowood Farms earlier today,
or recalling the cherry trees in full bloom on Maryland Plaza,
or smiling at a patch of colorful tulips along Euclid,
or a stunning tree peony clipped just before the rain, I’ve come to recognize that the beauty of this particular Spring has taken on a special meaning in this time of coronavirus. On these days when the city is so quiet and circumstances have allowed more time to take in the beauty of the season, and to be grateful for the constant birdsong, my hope is that when we return to some sort of normal, we do not forget the importance of noticing and appreciating what we have in our midst.
I don’t know when digging in the dirt has sounded as good as it does now. Here is some good news from Bowood Farms, 4605 Olive.
Bowood Farm and Holliday are now offering curbside pickup of plant materials Thursdays thru Saturdays from 10:00-3:00. Bowood Farms also offers local delivery. Orders can be placed online at shopbowood.com or shopholliday.com. You can also email your orders to orders@bowoodfarms. Thank you for your continued support!
Café Osage and The Studio are closed until further notice.
It’s that time of year to start planting again and we have just what you need. Click on the categories below to get a full list of what we have available for purchase.
If you would like to place an order please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a full list of plant names and quantities. You can also purchase trees, shrubs, annuals and herbs+ veggies on our website shopbowood.com.
Let’s get planting!
Veggies & Herbs