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Missouri Botanical Garden

4344 Shaw Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO

Phone: 314-577-9400 800 647-8842
Tty: 314-577-9430

Statement of Purpose

"To discover and share knowledge about plants, in order to preserve and enrich life."

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The Ruth Palmer Blanke Boxwood Garden.

Photo: Jack Jennings 1997

The Missouri Botanical was founded in 1859 by entrepreneur Henry Shaw.

Climatron geodesic dome rainforest.

Jack Jennings 1997

It is the oldest botanical garden in the United States and ranks in the top three world-wide. Covering 79 acres just outside of downtown St. Louis, it is considered an oasis in the city. Within the walls are magnificent gardens and rare collections of botanical, horticultural, and historical materials residing with architecturally significant buildings and inspirational fountains and statuary. The grounds of the Missouri Botanical Garden feature gardens, modern and traditional, and living collections of major groups of ornamental and practical plants. Greenhouses and conservatories display plants native to lands far removed from St. Louis.

Missouri Botanical Garden

Jack Jennings.

Highlights & Collections

The Climatron - a geodesic conservatory teeming with over 1,100 tropical rain forest plants, waterfalls, and butterflies.

The Zig-Zag Bridge

Jack, Jennings 1996

Seiwa-En, garden of pure clear harmony and peace - the largest traditional Japanese Garden in North America.

Drum Bridge in Seiwa-En Japanese Garden

Jack Jennings 1997

The Historic District - an area containing many of the Garden's original buildings including the founder's home, Tower Grove House, the Museum, a Victorian garden, a Maze, and a Victorian observation tower.

The William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening - 23 demonstration gardens featuring residential landscaping ideas and techniques outside and inside, displays, exhibits, reference library, computer gardening software, demonstration kitchen, greenhyouse, Plant Doctor, and a working beehive.

Nanjing Friendship Garden


The Nanjing Friendship Garden - built in the style of the southern provinces of China, this garden is a "retreat for gentlemen or scholars," a special haven separate from the distractions of everyday life, a place where people can experience "an eternal moment of suspended time when man and nature seem in perfect accord."

The Linnean House,

opened in 1882. It is the oldest continually operating display greenhouse in the United States. Jack Jennings 1996.

Exhibits & Special Events


From Labor Day to Memorial Day - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Grounds open at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays for exercise walking (conservatories not open).

Admission & Directions:

For visitors from outside the City or County of St. Louis $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors (to be voted on in January, 1998 -if approved, this will go into effect on Feb. 1, 1998) For visitors from within the City or County limits, $3.00 for adults, $1.50 for seniors. Children 12 and under and members are free.

From Hwy. 40 or 44 take Kingshighway South to Vandeventer. Turn left on Vendeventer to Shaw Blvd. Turn right on Shaw to Garden.

Selwa-En Japanese Garden.

Jack Jennings 1997.

Key Personnel:

Peter H. Raven, Director

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