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Missouri Botanical Garden

Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark. It is a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis.

The Garden offers 79 acres of beautiful horticultural display, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, Henry Shaw's original 1850 estate home, and one of the world's largest collections of rare and endangered orchids.

Hours & Admission

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday

Early morning hours (grounds only)
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 to 9 a.m.*

Holiday hours
Open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 13 2021 through January 8, 2022
Closed on Christmas Day.

View current admission rates here

St. Louis City/County residents enjoy free Garden admission on Wednesday and Saturday mornings before noon (exception: special admission rate events).*

 

History

One day in the spring of 1819, 18-year-old Henry Shaw, an Englishman recently landed in the river town of St. Louis on the edge of the American wilderness, took a half-day journey on horseback out of town. Riding westward through marshy ground, past sinkholes and Indian burial mounds, he came at last to a narrow path cutting through brush, and found himself on elevated ground overlooking a prairie. “Uncultivated,” he recorded, “without trees or fences, but covered with tall luxuriant grass, undulated by the gentle breeze of spring.”

If ever a man loved a piece of ground, it was Shaw. As Shaw’s fortunes grew, he resolved to return something to his adopted city, and 40 years after his arrival in St. Louis, he opened on the land he so loved a botanical garden for the city’s residents. This garden is today the Missouri Botanical Garden. One of the oldest botanical gardens in the U.S., Missouri Botanical Garden is outstanding not only in the excellence of its displays, but also in the richness of its architectural heritage and the importance of its botanical research.

Garden founder Henry Shaw came to St. Louis in 1819 to open a business selling hardware and cutlery. As St. Louis flourished in the second quarter of the 19th century, and the city’s population grew, Shaw’s business expanded to include investments in agricultural commodities, mining, real estate and furs.

Open hours: 
Sunday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
From gardening practices to nature study and everything in between, the Missouri Botanical Garden offers a full range of classes for adults, families and children of all ages. Weekend, evening and weekday classes/programs are offered year-round.

Location:

4344 Shaw Blvd
St. Louis, MO, 63110
United States

Phone:

(314) 577-5100

Kernels of Culture: Maize Around the World

Dates: 
05/15/2024
05/16/2024
05/17/2024
Time: 
11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Location:

4344 Shaw Blvd
St. Louis, MO, 63110
United States

Phone:

(314) 577-5100

Chinese Culture Days

Dates: 
05/18/2024
05/19/2024
Time: 
9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Location:

4344 Shaw Blvd
St. Louis, MO, 63110
United States

Phone:

(314) 577-0220

Green Living Festival

Dates: 
06/01/2024
Time: 
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