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The Missouri Botanical Garden began not as an adornment to an estate, but as a public botanical garden, a place to study and display plants. Today the Garden serves as an oasis in the middle of the city: houses and apartments—some palatial, some practical—vie for space with businesses in the area between the Garden and a highway to its north and a park to its south. The Garden and Tower Grove Park honor their founder Henry Shaw. Local parlance still refers to “Shaw’s Garden” over a hundred years after Shaw died, bequeathing his Garden to the public.

Within the walls of these 79 acres, magnificent gardens and rare collections of botanical, horticultural, and historical materials reside with architecturally significant buildings and inspirational fountains and statuary. Today, the Garden is a National Historic Landmark, the oldest botanical garden in the United States, and a world leader in botanical research. 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.

Be sure to see...

Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden—A Missouri Adventure
Where children of all ages can discover the wonders of nature with a 19th-century Missouri theme.

George Washington Carver Garden
a living tribute honors the life and accomplishments of one of the 20th-century’s foremost scientists and educators

Ottoman Garden
a feast for the senses featuring beautiful Turkish artifacts surrounded by rare bulbs, citrus, fragrant roses, and aromatic herbs

The Missouri Botanical Garden features 79 acres of landscaped displays. We recommend a minimum of three hours for your complete tour of the Garden. Please note that a trip to the Garden may require walking that could total one mile, or more. Wheelchairs can be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis at our Visitor Services ticket counter. Download a pdf of the wheelchair accessibility map of the Garden here (requires Adobe Reader).

The Missouri Botanical Garden is a tobacco-free environment.
For more information on private guided walking tours, as well as other amenities and discounts available for group visitors, please call the Tourism Department toll-free 1-800-332-1286 (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), or e-mail tourism@mobot.org.

Learn more

The history of the Missouri Botanical Garden

A tour of our gardens and conservatories

Take a virtual tour of Tower Grove House

Learn more about our science and conservation efforts

Read about our sculpture collection

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