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…

Attracting Owls to Your Yard

No matter how cute they are, small plant-loving critters like rabbits can be a big problem in your garden. Just ask Mr. McGregor. There are many options to keep cottontails out of your garden, like fences and rabbit repellent. You can also look to the natural world to keep bunnies at bay. One option is…

Protecting Your Plants as You Decorate for the Holidays

As you make your yard twinkle for the holiday season, you’re probably wrapping lights around much of your landscape.  If you want your yard to shine year round, make sure to follow these tips from the Kemper Center for Home Gardening on the best way to string outdoor holiday lights on trees and shrubs. 🎄…

Considering Columnar Trees

During Tree Week, the Missouri Botanical Garden is celebrating its large and diverse collection of trees. It may also inspire you to consider adding more trees to your home landscaping.  If you have a smaller space, you might want to consider columnar trees. Columnar trees are characterized by being taller than they are wide at…

Growing Up: Vertical Gardens are Perfect for Projects Big and Small

A vertical garden is simply a garden that grows upward on a support system rather than growing horizontally on the ground. The concept has been a part of gardening for hundreds of years, but recently vertical gardens have taken off as a top gardening trend. Perhaps one reason for its popularity is that vertical gardening…

Planting Spring Bulbs

Autumn days may have you thinking of the red and orange hues of changing leaves, but if you want the bright pinks and yellows of spring, fall is the time to get those bulbs in the ground! Now is the time to start to watch for spring bulbs, like tulips and daffodils, at your local…