Open through December 31
Added to the incredible work of botanical design accomplished by our horticulture department in displays throughout the garden is also a tribute to the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden entitled 'The Adventures of Great Explorers'. Six explorers: Admiral Byrd, Marco Polo, Captain James Cook, Ponce de Leon, Lewis & Clark, and Hernan Cortes, are showcased with small replications for children of desitations where each explorer traveled.
Admiral Byrd - Arctic Dome
Byrd is best remembered as a great adventurer and polar explorer. He learned to fly during World War I in the Navy, and developed a passion for flying. On November 28th, 1929 he became the first to fly to the South Pole and back. He conducted four more expeditions to Antarctica. His fourth expedition was the largest Antarctica expedition to date and was composed of two USS flagships, 12 US Navy support ships, and over 25 aircraft and 4,000 personnel.
Marco Polo - Asian Pagoda
Marco Polo's knowledge and ability to speak several languages helped him become a favorite of Kublai Khan, who built the city now known as Beijing. This relationship with the Great Khan helped to bring two cultures together and trade with China became significant. Polo traded freely throughout China and traveled almost 15,000 miles over 24 years.
Captain James Cook - South Pacific Tiki Hut
Cook mapped the complete coastline of New Zealand, and upon his return in 1771, had circumnavigated the world from west to east. Cook's third and final voyage left England in 1776 and in 1778 he became the first European to visit the Hawaiian Islands. In his three voyages, Cook sailed thousands of miles across previously uncharted areas of the globe. He mapped lands in greater detail and with more accuracy than ever before, and named and recorded islands and coastlines for the first time.
Ponce de Leon - Fountain of Youth
Juan Ponce de Leon led an expedition to explore the island of Puerto Rico to find gold. A year later, de Leon returned with gold and was named governor of Puerto Rico. In 1513 he left Puerto Rico with three ships. When they sighted land, Ponce de Leon did not realize it was the mainland of North America. He thought it was another island and named it Florida and continued to spend many years searching for the Fountain of Youth.
Lewis & Clark - Canoe and Teepee
President Thomas Jefferson asked his secretary, explorer and scientist, Merriweather Lewis to lead an expedition to investigate western North America. Lewis chose William Clark as his co-captain. The expedition traveled through lands that now compose Illinois, Missouri, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. The journey lasted 863 days and they traveled over 7,989 miles across deserts, plains, mountains and rivers in a journey that changed history.
Hernan Cortes - Aztec Pyramid
Hernan Cortes was born in Spain in 1485. Cortes was the son of a nobleman and began his career as an explorer when he set sail at the age of 19. He led expeditions to Cuba and later to Mexico. Cortes is best remembered as a Spanish conquistador who overthrew the Aztec empire and won Mexico for the crown of Spain. Mexico remained under Spanish rule for the next 3 centuries. Cortes died in Spain in 1547 and requested in his will to be buried in Mexico.