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The first official incarnation of the Garden Gate Shop opens.

Garden Gate Shop inventory. Mrs. Frank Vesser, chairman of Tower Grove Shop, and Mrs. Jerome F. Kircher, chairman of Volunteers, taking inventory at the shop.

Situated at the old main entrance now known as the Spink Pavilion the Garden Gate Shop offered visitors unique mementos of their visit to the Missouri Botanical Garden. The original concept of a shop at the Garden came about in 1962 as a very small and limited operation but it paved the way for the development of the future gift shop. With the opening of the Garden Gate Shop in 1965 the shop became a part of the official operations of the Garden for the first time. The Garden Gate Shop moved to Ridgway Center upon its completion in 1982 and remains open to the public to this day offering a wide variety of items and gifts.


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