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Missouri Botanical Garden

A center for botanical research and education, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the largest oldest botanical garden in operation. Founded in 1859, it is considered an oasis from the bustling city of St. Louis.  It is considered today to be a Natural Historic Landmark and has been home to many people and art exhibits over the years.


In addition to the South St. Louis garden, the Botanical Garden is home to two separate attractions outside the city limits. Located in Chesterfield, there is the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, established in 1955 so butterflies could be shared all around the world for people of all ages.  It features an 8,0000 square foot butterfly conservatory.  There is also the Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, built to preserve the Garden’s plant collection from smoke pollution.  Now that the pollution has dissipated, the Reserve continues to be a place of education and research for herbologists.   Named after Henry Shaw, a botanist and philanthropist, the Missouri Botanical Garden is also known as Shaw’s Garden. In addition, many cultural festivals are held at the Garden, including the Japanese Festival and Chinese Culture Days, celebrating St. Louis’s diversity.

Other Things to Know

*Originally Henry Shaw’s orangery, the Linnean House is said to be the oldest continuously operating greenhouse west of the Mississippi River.

*The Climatron and Reflecting Pools are another feature, simulating the climate of a rainforest for the purposes of a greenhouse.  It is the the world's first geodesic dome greenhouse, with over 1,500 plants.

*The Biblical Garden features many plants that were featured in the Holy Bible, from pomegranate, fig, and olive trees to mint and date palms as well.  This is an excellent piece of history for studiers of theology!

*The Garden is open 9 AM to 5 PM, and is closed on Christmas Day (December 25th).

*Check the Event Calendar on www.missouribotanicalgarden.org for seasonal events, markets, etc. 

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