The Garden and the Great War

2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War I. Although far away from the battlefields of Europe, the Missouri Botanical Garden was not immune to the ripple effects of this great conflict. The Garden Gets Involved More than a dozen people associated with the Garden were called to serve after the United States…

The Garden in 100 Objects: From the Iconic to the Rare

A new exhibit offers a fascinating firsthand look at Garden history through 100 unique objects. Objects help bring history to life, and with nearly 160 years of history behind the Missouri Botanical Garden, rich stories can be found in virtually every specimen, structure, and artifact in the Garden’s diverse collections.     For example, the…

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…

Garden with a Purpose

Celebrating the Legacy of Shaw Nature Reserve’s Whitmire Wildflower Garden Take a look at your home garden or the landscaping at your school, office, or place of worship. Chances are they feature some native plants. However, that was not always the case. Those gardens looked very different 25 years ago, when native plants—or wildflowers, as…

Victoria Water Lily Care Comes Full Circle

For the first time in a century, the Garden is bringing the heat back to one of its most iconic displays. The Victoria pool in the Central Axis is now heated, extending the growing season for these aquatic giants and allowing them to reach their full plant potential. It’s the latest development in our care…

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…

Plant Profile: Cacao

There are few plants whose scientific name translates as “food of the gods,” but the Greek name for cacao—Theobroma cacao —does. It makes sense that this plant, famous for being the key ingredient in modern day chocolate, has become important for many cultures around the world. Ethnobotany: The study of the relationships between people and…

Women in Garden History

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re taking a look back at the work of some important women throughout the Garden’s past. When most people think of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s history, the first name that comes to mind is that of Henry Shaw, the Garden’s founder. In establishing the Garden, Shaw of course played an…

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…

Get Swept up in Orchid Mania

What is orchid mania? These days, you can buy an orchid just about anywhere — grocery stores, gardening centers, and (shameless plug) the gift shop of your favorite botanical garden. In the 19th century however, these beautiful flowers were incredibly rare in cultivation. New species were highly sought after by collectors and the elite as…

From the Archives: Silver and Gold

The Olympic Games celebrate the world’s premiere athletes, with the best of the best taking home gold, silver, or bronze. In many respects, floral shows in the first half of the 20th century were Olympic events for gardens like ours — a chance to shine on a national stage. And a quick trip through our…

Discover + Share: The Best of 2017

This year marked the first year for Discover + Share, a new blog from the Missouri Botanical Garden. Our goal was to give visitors a glimpse of the Garden most don’t often get to see or experience–to share our stories and help you learn a little more about the many facets of the Garden’s mission….