I am…..just one who enjoys and appreciates the geological wonders of our grand old state of Missouri and gains pleasure and happiness in their display in the assembly of our garden, that the ones passing this way may stop, rest, reflect and enjoy.

Chance Gardens, a horticultural attraction built in 1936 by Albert Bishop Chance, is an expression of his gratitude to the community for it’s support of the Chance Co. through the years.  In 1927, Mr. and Mrs. Chance took a world tour.  He was so inspired by the gardens he saw that upon his return he built one of his own.

The Garden was designed by Maude Dawson Taylor, landscape architect of Kansas City.  The oriental influence may be sensed in the artful harmony of wood, water, rocks, trees, shrubs and flowers as well as the design entrances and garden pergola. Key features include a massive stone arch and wishing well.  Across a low pine topped berm, a brook cascades known a miniature mountainside, joining a small spring fed stream, then meandering through a rock strewn valley.  Over 300 tons of Missouri stone were used in the initial construction.  The Gardens were renovated in the 1970’s.

*Maintenance of the garden is provided by the generosity of the Chance Foundation, created by contributions of the Chance family and the A.B.Chance Company. (http://www.abchance.com)

For information about reserving Chance Gardens for weddings and special events, contact:

Chance Foundation

123 N. Rollins St.

Centralia, MO 65240




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