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Grotto Gardens

12. C.B. Davis Memorial Boulder Garden

12. C.B. Davis Memorial Boulder Garden

C.B. Davis was the architect appointed to lay out the garden walks, promenades and flower beds. The natural feel of the gardens and the parks provided the veterans with an enjoyable place to spend their time since they could not return to work. The gardens and parks were so attractive that tourists made day trips out to the Central Branch to enjoy the natural beauty. As early as the mid-1870’s approximately 100,000 people were visiting the Central Branch annually.   This garden was designed for ease of maintenance and to showcase the original rocks.