Plants of Demerit 2020

Every year since 1998, the Missouri Botanical Garden has partnered with other regional horticultural institutions to select Plants of Merit, which are easy to grow, noninvasive, ornamentally attractive, less susceptible to common problems like insects or diseases, and reasonably available to purchase. Last year, to provide a full picture of what works and what doesn’t…

Plants of Merit 2020

Every year since 1998, the Missouri Botanical Garden has partnered with other regional horticultural institutions to select Plants of Merit. Plants of Merit are chosen for outstanding quality and dependable performance in Missouri, southern and central Illinois, and the Kansas City metro area. To qualify as a Plant of Merit, the plants must be easy…

Mini Victory Gardens: Growing Vegetables in Containers

There are many appealing reasons to grow your own vegetables at home. They’re fresh and flavorful, you’ll save money on your grocery bill and avoid trips to the store, and it can be very rewarding.. But if you live in an apartment or don’t have a large yard, you might feel like growing your own…

Growing a Victory Garden

During World War I, Americans were called to help the war effort at home by growing their own vegetables in “Victory Gardens” that aimed to reduce pressure on the public food supply. And they answered that call, not once but twice. By World War II,  more than 20 million Victory Gardens were supplying Americans with…

Growing Wild

Interested in stocking your home garden with native wildflowers? Shop the largest selection of native Missouri wildflowers available in the St. Louis area at Shaw Nature Reserve’s annual spring and fall wildflower markets. As spring flowers pop up all around, you may be eager to bring some of that beauty to your own backyard. Classic…

Growing Vegetables from Scraps

As people around the world are spending more time at home, interest in home gardening is growing. Specifically, many are looking to grow their own vegetables at home. If you’re thinking about starting a vegetable garden, you could get started using scraps from vegetables you’ve used from cooking. Regrowing food from leftovers is a smart…

The Perks of Plants

Whether you’re quarantined or just following the “stay at home” order, many of you are spending more time inside right now than you’re used to. All the time in your home may have you reconsidering decor, or looking to add something new. Might we humbly suggest houseplants? Houseplants come in all shapes, sizes, and colors,…

Growing Your Own Cherry Tree

There is nothing quite like cherry blossoms in bloom. The magical pink and white Yoshino cherries in the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C., or here at home in the Missouri Botanical Garden, are truly an icon of spring. Yoshino cherry tree (Prunus x yedoensis) flowering in the Japanese Garden | Photo by Cassidy Moody These…

Planning Your Garden

Being stuck inside may have you dreaming of planting your summer garden in the warm sunshine. We’re still a few weeks away from the prime planting season — the best time to start is after Mother’s Day — but now is the best time to plan your garden. Planning your garden is a crucial first…

Finding Your Mulch Match

As winter melts into spring, gardening may be at the top of your mind. Although you may be thinking more about the prettier side of planting, like the bright blooming flowers, the mulch in your yard is important, too. Mulch offers many benefits including retaining soil moisture, regulating soil temperature, suppressing weed growth, preventing compaction,…

Getting Your Orchid to Rebloom

Our Orchid Show features hundreds of vibrant, blooming orchids that provide a colorful escape from a cold winter’s day. But perhaps what’s most impressive about the show is the fact that all of the orchids come from the Garden’s permanent collection of more than 6,000 orchids. All the orchids you see in the show are…

Propagating House Plants

If you’re new to the houseplant world, you might have heard more seasoned plant owners talking about creating new plants from existing ones and wondered about the method behind this magic. Vegetative propagation of houseplants, or turning one plant into multiple plants without using seeds or spores, can be accomplished using multiple methods. You can…