Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis

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Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis - Address, Phone Number

Address: 4344 Shaw Blvd, St Louis, MO 63110, United States

Phone: +1-3145775100

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Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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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 Opening and Closing 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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  • Great place in general. Good for all group sizes and ages. Memberships are definitely worth it to go more than a time or two in a year. The variety of special exhibits and such add a lot and keep visiting in all seasons interesting. The children's garden in the warmer months is fantastic as is the learning center next door.

  • This is an enormous and beautiful garden. We came for the Japanese festival and were pleasantly surprised by the size of the gardens and variety of things to do. Our favorite were the estates of the original land owner. The house had well preserved furniture and other items to look at. Very fun adventure.

  • Summer concert series is a great date. I find myself returning in the summer trying to impress my girlfriend with new things to bring for the picnic. Year 1: blanket and sandwiches Year 2: a collapsible foam pad that folds into a low-sitting couch Year 3: inflatable hammock/sofa that sits higher Year 4: TBD but I bought her a hand-crafted wicker picnic basket and some shatter proof wine glasses for her birthday in September in anticipation for next summer.

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  • Hubby and I love to visit Botanical Gardens whenever we travel. And I have to say that this place is absolutely amazing compared to all that we've seen! The first time my now husband/then boyfriend took me to the Botanical Gardens, I never expected to love it as much as I did. This place is absolutely huge and every inch of it is covered in plant beauty. On top of that, there are also beautiful fountains, statues AND historic buildings! They're free before noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays. And St. Louis residents get a discounted rate every day of the week! They have a decent amount of parking and it's free. Even if the lot is full, I've always been able to find un-metered parking in the neighborhood. This summer they're free after 5p on Wednesdays and even host a concert at 7p! They seem to have many different events that go on throughout the year. Some are free like the concert and others are not. I've never paid to attend a special event, but I've always heard wonderful things! My goal is to visit this place more than twice a year!

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  • We visited the gardens for the first time in early November. While several of the outdoor plants had died or been removed, it was still well worth the trip. The grounds and buildings are well cared for and is a nice area just to walk around. I would definitely go back.

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