Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree

When the holiday season is here, nothing quite says ‘Christmas’ like trimming the tree. The fresh smell of pine needles, the twinkle of lights, and the sound of Christmas carols in the background, are enough to make anyone feel jolly.  But how do you find the perfect tree to bring home? With several options of…

Grafting the Grape: The Rich History of Georgian Winemaking

Grafting the Grape: American Grapevine Rootstock in Missouri and the World is currently installed in the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum, which is open for visitors Tuesday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; please review current health and safety regulations for visitors. The exhibition content is available online through the Garden YouTube channel and the Museum Twitter account. Please check the Museum website for…

Opting for Ornamental Grasses

Autumn weather is the perfect time to add to your garden. It is a great time to plant new trees, shrubs and perennials. If you’re looking to improve the year-round appearance of your garden with some new plantings, consider adding ornamental grasses to your yard. Ornamental grasses come in a wide range of sizes to…

Lemurs of Madagascar

Lemurs are amazing animals—a diverse group of primates found only on the island of Madagascar. There are about 100 living species of lemur ranging in size from the tiny mouse lemur to the large and vocal indri. Nearly all of those species are threatened with extinction, mainly due to habitat loss and hunting, according to…

Record-Setting Monstera Among Newly Described Species

Monstera are well-known to many houseplant parents. The glossy evergreen leaves give off tropical vibes year-round, and the perforated leaves add an extra layer of interest. Species like Monstera deliciosa and M. adansonii are in-demand houseplants, along with cultivated varieties like the white-speckled ‘Thai Constellation.’ While appreciation is growing for these cultivated houseplants, so too…

Pumpkin Spice Plants

Autumn has become synonymous with “pumpkin spice.” You can find pumpkin spice lattes, breakfast cereal, cookies, candies, and seemingly every other type of pre-packaged food available. But what exactly is pumpkin spice, botanically speaking?  The flavors most associated with “sweater weather” are actually a blend of spices from tropical plants.  The five most common spices…

Grafting the Grape: Indigenous Use of Grapes

Grafting the Grape: American Grapevine Rootstock in Missouri and the World is currently installed in the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum, which is open for visitors Tuesday-Sunday, 11:30am-4:30pm; all visitors over age 5 must wear masks indoors and on the grounds of the Garden. The exhibition content is available online through the Garden YouTube channel…

Ynés Mexía: Botanical Groundbreaker

150,000—led to the discovery of dozens of new species and greatly expanded the botanical understanding of the plants of Mexico and parts of South America.

Pawpaws: America’s Forgotten Fruit

The arrival of September brings the beginning of apple-picking season, but apples aren’t the only fall fruit that’s ripening at this time of year. Here in Missouri, there’s a lesser-known seasonal treat that’s well-loved by those who have encountered it: the pawpaw fruit. The Pawpaw is Native to Missouri Asimina triloba, or pawpaw, is a…

A Visitor’s Guide to Japanese Festival

After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we couldn’t be more excited for Japanese Festival to return. Celebrating the history, culture, and people of Japan, the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the United States. Since 1977, the Garden has…

Grafting the Grape: American Grapevine Rootstock in Missouri and the World

Grafting the Grape: American Grapevine Rootstock in Missouri and the World is currently installed in the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum, which is open for visitors Tuesday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; please review current health and safety regulations for visitors. The exhibition content is available online through the Garden YouTube channel and the…