Throughout the history of the Missouri Governor’s Mansion, the gardens surrounding the home have often received the focus and attention of its residents.
During the term of Gov. Lloyd Crow Stark from 1937-1941, First Lady Katherine Stark joined her husband in taking interest in the trees and shrubs on the grounds. During their time in the home, thousands of plants were added to the gardens and a rose garden was added. Among their contributions are several fruit trees that continue to produce today.
Landscaping was also a passion of First Lady Juanita Donnelly, wife of Gov. Phil Matthew Donnelly. Thanks to her efforts, the once abandoned area below the Mansion was transformed into what today is called the “Governor’s Garden,” a sunken garden with pool, terraces, walkways and a pergola.