The Garden and the Gateway Arch

The Missouri Botanical Garden and Gateway Arch National Park are two iconic and uniquely St. Louis institutions. These two landmarks are more closely linked than you may realize—intersecting at a critical moment that would dramatically reshape our city’s history and its riverfront. We have learned more about the connection between the Garden and the Gateway…

Finding England in the Garden

If the Royal Wedding has you in the mood for a truly British experience, you can find several at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Garden has strong British roots, as it was founded by Englishman Henry Shaw. Shaw was born in Sheffield, England and came to St. Louis in 1819 when he was just 18…

Collections: Curiosity Comes Full Circle

Throughout history, people have been driven to collect objects, from sea shells and acorns to baseball cards and paintings. Objects are usually displayed in an organized way meant to make sense of the world or inspire wonder. You may have a collection of your own and not think of it as something of value beyond…

Shaw’s Legacy Lends to Garden’s Haunted History

The Missouri Botanical Garden stands out among peer institutions for many reasons. But nothing sets it apart quite like its unique—some might say haunted—history. Garden founder Henry Shaw not only died on the grounds, but remains here to this day, buried in a stately mausoleum just a few steps from his beloved country home. It…

The Villas of Tower Grove Park

Tower Grove Park has been a St. Louis treasure for nearly 150 years, a backdrop for countless family reunions, festivals, sporting events, and more. Park officials recently unveiled a new master plan outlining major facility and recreation upgrades in the next 20 years. It builds on the original vision for the park laid out by…

Grapes and the Garden: The Science, Production, and Appreciation of Wine

Henry Shaw and Dr. George Engelmann, two key figures in the history of the Missouri Botanical Garden, both had strong interests in grape vines and wine making, influencing the science, production, and appreciation of vitis locally, nationally, and internationally. Each spring the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Grapes in the Garden wine tasting event invites visitors to savor…