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Missouri Botanical Garden

Garden Hours:

  • Tuesday – Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Monday – Closed

Phone: +1 314-577-5100
Address: 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110, United States

Year founded: 1859
Area: 79 acres

Leaders of the garden:

  • Henry Shaw (founder)
  • William Trelease
  • George Thomas Moore
  • Edgar Anderson
  • Frits Warmolt Went
  • David Gates
  • Peter H. Raven
  • Peter Wyse Jackson

Missouri Botanical Garden was founded in the 19th century by Henry Shaw. This man was a passionate lover of the plant world. He managed to collect a huge number of plant specimens.

Over the years, our garden has evolved and the number of plants has increased. Some of our most interesting plants are magnolias. Everyone who ran our organization contributed to getting those trees and now we have a large collection of magnolias.

In the shade of the trees, you can also see many shade-loving perennials. We have hostas, heucheras, ferns, and many others which prefer shade. Hosta care is one of the most interesting activities in the garden.

Also in our botanical garden, you will find the largest collection of peonies. In fact, it’s another one of our pride. These flowering shrubs are scattered all over the garden.

Viburnum is a plant that we recommend that you must see. We have a collection of these wonderful shrubs in the northeastern part of the garden.

Viburnum carlesii ‘Compactum’ is worth mentioning here. It is an amazingly beautiful shrub with dark green leaves and snow-white flowers. It reaches 4 feet in height and width and can grow in almost any part of our country.

Also of special note is Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’. This is a very rare variety that has been growing in our garden for a very long time.

The highlight of Mariesii is its very abundant flowering. During the flowering period, the white inflorescences almost completely cover the green foliage and the bush becomes like a snowball.

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’ is quite large and can reach a height and width of 12 feet. When you visit our garden be sure to look at this unique plant.

The Missouri Botanical Garden has been home to national festivals, gatherings and events over the years. We invite you to visit our garden to gain strength and energy for the new challenges of life.

How long does it take to walk through Missouri botanical gardens?

It will take you at least 30 minutes to walk through the Missouri botanical gardens. During this time, you can follow the main Missouri Botanical Garden Loop, which is 2.3 kilometers long.

However if you want you can take a private tour that will last about two hours. You will see the most interesting locations and plants of the garden. The distance of such a tour will increase to 4 kilometers.

How long do people spend at Missouri Botanical Garden?

Also if you want you can spend with us the whole day. Even that may not be enough to visit every corner of our garden. By the way we have a great restaurant that has great food to compliment your Missouri Botanical Garden experience.

How much does the Missouri Botanical Garden cost?

Missouri Botanical Garden is $14 for adults. For children under the age of 12, tickets to our garden are free. The ticket allows you to spend the entire day with us looking at all the available gardens and other facilities.

You can also use the tram tour option. It’s a lot of fun and entertainment. The cost of this service is $5 per person.

You can buy tickets at the window at the entrance to our botanical gardens. You can also order e-tickets from us by calling (314) 678-7442. Call us Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

We offer a discount for St. Louis residents. If you verify that you live in St. Louis, your ticket will be $6.

Is the Missouri Botanical Garden worth it?

Missouri Botanical Garden is definitely worth it. Paying a nominal amount you get a whole day’s rest in amazing places that are not freely available anywhere else. We guarantee you a lot of pleasure and positive emotions.

All money spent with us will go to the maintenance and cleaning of the garden. Every year we multiply the number of different plants and offer our visitors something new.