Missouri Botanical Garden

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  • Address: 4344 Shaw Blvd, St Louis, MO 63110, United States, 63110, Saint Louis
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-3145775100
  • Fax: +1-3145779598
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Botanical Garden, Family And Kids, Landmarks, Gardens

Missouri Botanical Garden - Review

Welcome to the Kingdom of Plants. Green paths, filled with lush grass and colourful bushes create serene walkways down the huge 79 acre Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the greatest gardens in the world. Botanists and plant enthusiasts will truly enjoy themselves as they explore the many specialized gardens, home to hundreds of species of plants, shrubs and flowers, all faultlessly maintained.

With a rich history that dates back to 1859, this garden is also called the ‘Shaw Garden’, after its founder Henry Shaw. This English botanist and philanthropist created this garden after immigrating to St. Louis. Today, the garden has the green lung of the city, and is considered the oldest botanic institutions in the United States. Visitors will find this garden gorgeous and exceedingly peaceful, with vibrancy of the rich plant life mingling with the quiet atmosphere.

You’ll find plenty of areas to explore here, as well as different kinds of fun and educational activities that bring the young and old closer to our oxygen-providing plant friends.

The Climatron was the first of its kind: a geodesic dome that is used as a conservatory and greenhouse. Not only is the structure a stunning work of architectural artistry, but, as the name suggests, it uses state of the art climate control technology. More than 2,800 plants thrive in the Tropical climate inside the dome, such as banana, coffee, orchids and the rare ‘double coconut’.

The Children’s Garden, open April through October, was opened in 2006. The star feature here is the program ‘A Missouri Adventure’, which is sure to bring children at their most impressionable age close to nature with adventures into a limestone cave, a water slide, a ride on a steamboat, a climb into a tree house and many other activities.

Step into ‘a garden of pure, clean harmony and peace’ once you make your way to the beautiful Japanese Garden, which 14 acres of waterfall, beaches and islands. Designed with intrinsically Japanese elements, this part of the garden is as serene as it is pretty.

Feel closer to the garden’s creator as you step into an exhibit that takes us to his homeland. The Victorian District and Tower Grove House are divided into two sections. The former is home to a bright green maze and an herb garden while the latter was used as the founder’s country home.

The Linnean House is the oldest continuously operated greenhouse west of the Mississippi River, and is also the best. Dozens of trees laden with bright pink, yellow and red Camellia flowers, potted cactus and other beautiful plants are complimented with little statues and sculptures scattered around.

Besides viewing the gorgeous plants and exploring the conservatories, you’ll have a lot of fun at the hands on events, tailor made for kids and adults alike. There are classes and games where you can get your hands dirty and smell the goodness of earthy, life giving soil, as well as the sweet fresh fragrance of flowers in bloom. Everything you see and learn will definitely inspire you to grow your own garden back at home, and the lessons you learn will help you with doing so. 

Missouri Botanical Garden Information

  • The Garden is accessible to people of all abilities.
  • You can explore the Garden’s history, plants and seasonal highlights with a Garden Docent through a personalized walking tour, the price of which is included with Garden admission.
  • The Garden's gift shop, called "The Garden Gate", has a wide assortment of gardening related items, as well as books, clothes, jewelry, stationary and other special items.
  • There is ample free parking at the Garden itself, as well as in parking lots about a block to the west. Usually you can park at the Garden or along the street without difficulty.
  • There is a guided tram tour during every season except winter.
  • The Children's Garden is only open April through October, and has a separate charge.
  • There are currently two major annual events at the Garden: The Japanese Festival held every Labor Day weekend, and the Best of Missouri market held every October.
  • Rates differ for some signature events.
  • Early morning hours, free hours and promotional offers are not valid during special admission rate events.
  • There are three cafes inside.
  • Parking is very difficult on days when there are special festivals and events taking place.

Missouri Botanical Garden Ticket Prices

  • You can book tickets for different shows and programs on their website.
  • There are numerous festivals that take place in the garden throughout the year and prior booking is essential.

Missouri Botanical Garden Hours

  • The Children’s Garden is open between April – October, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How To reach Missouri Botanical Garden by Public Transport

  • Via bus from the Central West End — MetroBus #14 Botanical Garden or  #80 Park-Shaw
  • Via bus from the Civic Center —  MetroBus #8 Bates-Morganford

Restaurants Near Missouri Botanical Garden

  • Sweetie Pie’s (Southern, Soul)
  • Amighetti’s Bakery and Cafe (Italian, Salad)
  • Zia’s Restaurant (Italian)

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  • Missouri Botanical Garden Address: 4344 Shaw Blvd, St Louis, MO 63110, United States, 63110, Saint Louis
  • Missouri Botanical Garden Contact Number: +1-3145775100
  • Missouri Botanical Garden Timing: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Missouri Botanical Garden Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Missouri Botanical Garden(preferred time): 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Missouri Botanical Garden: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 67.38% of people who visit Saint Louis include Missouri Botanical Garden in their plan

  • 47.73% of people start their Missouri Botanical Garden visit around 12 PM - 1 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Missouri Botanical Garden

Monday, Wednesday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Missouri Botanical Garden

People normally club together Tower Grove Park and Saint Louis Science Center while planning their visit to Missouri Botanical Garden.

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Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis Reviews

  • Definitely take an initial tour with a docent, if you're able. My guide was knowledgable and enthusiastic. He shared a lot about the history and the founder of the Botanical Gardens with us. Since it was so very cold my tour mostly consisted of the three conservatories--which was perfect. Everything was fascinating to me, from the cacti and succulents to the tropical plants and the Moor inspired fountain. I'll be going back in February to see the orchids (indoors!).

  • beautiful way to spend an afternoon. Went there with a couple of friends and we spent several hours exploring. It's great to see all of the different ecosystems and environments they have represented. And the different styles of gardens. Highly recommend spending an afternoon there. Give yourself some time to enjoy it.

  • This is the BEST botanical garden! Me and my kids loved everything! I really like how they have inside and outside garden features! My favorites was the indoor rain forest and at the time they had the Japanese garden exhibit for a small extra fee and it was also very beautiful! I even love the buildings and statues! My kids love the indoor area designated for them to play as well! This garden is just all around amazing! They set the standards high for every other botanical garden I visit.

  • The Missouri Botanical Garden has beautiful grounds and was very well cared for. The flora was gorgeous and it was a very enjoyable day walking around and viewing it. The indoor spaces were equally nice, displaying more temperate or tropical plants. The Childrens Garden was well worth the price and provided entertainment for our nearly 4 year old. Slides, caves, a splash pad, boat launches and other fin rope climbs and tree houses were all available and safe. Price was cheap or free for much of this and got a discount for being a member of an out of state arboretum as well.

  • We LOVED the Missouri Botanical Garden. Lots of different areas with different things to see. We were there in May and it was at the very end of tulip season. The tulips were absolutely beautiful. A friend that lives in the area goes during their free walk period on weekdays and really enjoys that. Definitely a place to visit if you’re visiting St. Louis.

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