Missouri Botanical Garden
For more than 150 years, the Missouri Botanical Garden has been an oasis in the city. Founded in 1859 by Henry Shaw, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 1976.
The Garden includes 79 acres of horticulture displays, more than 4,800 trees, Shaw’s original 1850 estate home, and Linnean House, a greenhouse built in 1882. A number of specialty-themed gardens including the 14-acre Japanese Garden, Chinese Garden, English Woodland Garden, and Victorian District surrounding Tower Grove House make up the Garden’s 79 acres.
The Climatron®, opened in 1960, was the first geodesic dome to be used as a conservatory and houses a vibrant tropical rainforest environment. The Shoenberg Temperate House was dedicated in 1990, becoming the Garden’s third indoor conservatory. The Garden is open 364 days every year and hosts a variety of special events throughout the year.
Show themes change annually to offer visitors new ways to view the collection. More than 500 orchids will be displayed as they would be found in the natural habitats with terrestrial orchids at ground level and ephiphytic orchids suspended atop tree branches. Orchids vary in size and color and include a number of varieties including Brassavola, Cattleya, Epidendrum, Gongora, Oncidium and Vanilla. For information on hours and admission visit www.mobot.org.