Bald cypress trees frame this majestic vista, further
accented by seasonal borders and sensational summer
displays. Built in 1917, the unheated pools feature tropical
water lilies and giant Victoria water lilies when the water
is a consistent 72 degrees. Water lilies have been a major
Garden attraction since before the famed 1904 St. Louis
World's Fair. On average, the Garden produces 250 aquatic
plants a year, including more than 50 different cultivars of
nymphaea with six or seven spectacular Victorias. The
lilies bloom from July through October, depending or
St. Louis weather.
In 1988, the pools were renovated to include works by the
late Swedish sculptor Carl Milles. In the east pool are the
two Orpheus Fountain figures and a sea nymph, Sunglitter.
Three Angel Musician sculptures grace the center pool, and
the west pool features Two Girls Dancing. These pieces
were acquired by The Gateway Foundation and are on
extended loan. Added in 2007, Dale Chihuly's Walla Walla
Onions are a flotilla of onion-shaped glass pieces which
adorn the center pool spring through fall. The installation
was made possible by the collective contributions of
nearly 200 donors.