Friday, August 10, 2012

Back to School

As you drive onto the Stanford University campus, you will come across a huge field known as the Oval with a garden in the center.
The red flowers make up a symbolic letter S.

The plaque by the garden reads "Take Time to Smell the Flowers".
Such a simple saying, yet we sometimes forget.
From my research, Carolyn Craig Franklin and her husband, Carl, were instrumental in raising money to fund scholarships for students attending University of Southern California where at one-time Mr. Franklin was the school's vice president and law professor. Mrs. Franklin had a knack for gardening and she was devoted to campus beautification that after she passed away, the school's trustee dedicated this garden area in her honor.

As you walk further in, you will come across the beautiful Memorial Church opened in 1903.
On this particular day, the church was closed to visitors, but you can see its interior from one of my previous posts.

Jane Stanford had the church built as a memorial to her husband and the school's founder, Leland, who passed away 10 years before.

On any given weekend, it is not unusual to spot newlyweds having their pictures taken here amongst the colonnades.

Close by is the Hoover Tower named after, Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States and a member of the school's first graduating class of 1895.

You can see people looking out of the tower's 14th story observation deck.

- Karen

11 comments:

James Wei said...

I am always amazed by the sheer amount of travel you did. This place is a place I would spend days to photograph about too. You showcased the place well

Emm in London said...

I love this post!! I love the peek at this grand institution from the other side of the world and thank you for sharing it with us! I like the big S flower bed, very cute, and the Memorial Church and Hoover Tower are just lovely.

cocomino said...

14 th story deck sounds very high and the view must be awesome.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Nice tour!

betchai said...

love the landscape and architecture, and the research you did.

EastCoastLife said...

Love the idea of a wedding photo on the grounds of Stanford University. Happy weekend!

llandudnopictures said...

'Take Time To Smell The Flowers'... great advice and another great set of pictures.

Filip and Kristel said...

Looks like a great place, love the flowers and the wall paintings.

Greetings,
Filip

lina said...

Thank you for sharing photos of the university ground. Grand ground! ^^

fiziskandarz said...

We just watch Jane by Design tv drama this evening and they shot it in Stanford Uni! Now looking at this entry - it does feel like it's the theme of the day :D Have a good weekend [ it's sunny here! ] :D

Sukhmandir Kaur said...

Lovely commemoration and memorial.