Our Magnificent Trees

Fall is the best time of year to view one of the Garden’s oldest, yet often overlooked collections. In a display that ranges from bright golden yellow to muted copper to deep scarlet, our trees and their fantastic fall foliage take center stage every October. In celebration of our colorful canopy, the Garden is kicking…

Back from the Brink: Saving a Species on the Edge of Extinction

On a bench in the Missouri Botanical Garden greenhouse, there sits a handful of seemingly unassuming seedlings. They are only a few inches tall and just beginning to show their true leaves. Their small stature belies the enormity of the efforts to save this plant from extinction. Karomia gigas is, after all, one of the…

Plant Profile: Corpse Flower

Perhaps one of the most sensational plants at any botanic garden, the corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) always draws a crowd. This impressive species is known for its size, smell, and the relative rarity of its bloom. What is it? The corpse flower is a member of the Araceae family, also referred to as the aroid…

Rare Flower Comes to the Climatron

Keep your eyes peeled on your next trip through the Climatron, and you may spot the beautiful flower of Nesocodon mauritianus. It’s the first time the Garden has been able to put this rare plant on display—and the latest development in our efforts to save this showy species. What is it? Nesocodon mauritianus is a…

Roses in Your Garden

Revered for its beauty, the rose has long been a popular flower among everyone from royals to home gardeners.  They can be difficult to maintain, but the payoff of charming flowers is well worth the effort. Whether you’re trying to maintain the splendor of your existing roses or add more beauty to your garden, spring…

Dedicated Volunteers Build the Orchid Show

Every year, visitors flock to the Garden during cold winter months to see the splendor of the annual Orchid Show, which fills Orthwein Floral Display Hall with the tropical, exotic flowers. But before the crowds stream in, volunteers spend weeks turning the Hall into an orchid paradise. The dedication of the volunteers is impressive, and…

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….

Plant Profile: The Poinsettia

Perhaps no plant has as stronger connection to the holiday season than the poinsettia. The brightly colored shrub has been a feature of Garden floral shows for more than a century, and remains an annual star of the Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show. What is a poinsettia? The poinsettia, Euphorbia pulcherrima, is a…

Hurricane Relief for Horticulturists

When the catastrophic hurricanes Harvey and Irma ravaged the southeastern United States this September, they spared little that lay in their paths. From Texas to Florida, homes and businesses alike suffered widespread damage from the hurricanes’ wrath—including some botanical gardens. “Collections are different at every garden, and each garden requires a unique approach to disaster…

The Masterful Work of Master Gardeners

With the glare of the summer sun permeating the grounds and the air practically dripping with humidity, one would almost expect the Garden to be rather empty. However, each day Master Gardeners file through its gates to cultivate magnificent plant life, no matter the weather that greets them. Currently, 430 Master Gardeners log hours at…

Butterfly House Collections Pair Plants with Pollinators

The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House is known as a pollinators’ paradise, but it is also an extension of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s focus on innovative horticulture and beautiful displays. Two types of butterfly gardens were created over the course of the Butterfly House’s existence, the Conservatory and the Native Butterfly Garden, with the aim…