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…

What’s Your Favorite Gardening Tool?

Gardeners from novice to professional know how valuable high-quality tools can be to make your gardening chores easier and more enjoyable.  It is always interesting to talk with the professionals and see what they use to groom and care for the beautiful gardens here at the Missouri Botanical Garden.  I interviewed some of the staff horticulturalists and…

A Garden Good Enough to Eat

While the Missouri Botanical Garden may be best known for its focus on plant conservation and horticultural beauty, what garden would be complete without vegetables? Located at the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening, the Bank of American Family Vegetable Garden is a popular destination for horticulturists and herbivores alike. Among the most prominent…

The History of Cacti at the Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden has a long history of cacti research and has housed a notable collection for nearly 150 years. The collection today contains hundreds of plants, including some threatened in the wild. Selections from the collection can be seen in the Garden’s historic Linnean House conservatory. Early collections and research Dr. George Engelmann,…

The Garden As A New, Modern Ark

Botanical gardens hold documented collections of living plants for the purposes of scientific research, conservation, display, and education. Serving as a botanical ark will always be at the core of institutions like the Missouri Botanical Garden. However, new times call for new measures. Plant species are going extinct at unprecedented rates today, and botanical gardens’…

Where The Wild Crops Are

Modern agriculture is based largely on a single-crop system. Endless rows of the same crop cultivated and harvested fill thousands of farm acres around the world. However, pests and diseases are a recurring and common threat, and they can be more than just a nuisance. When they affect food crops, they can cause significant losses…

Bulb to Bloom: Tulips Shine in Spring

The arrival of Spring is a time of colorful transformation at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Thousands of tulips and other annuals burst into bloom, creating a sea of bright yellows and reds, soft pinks and whites, brilliant orange and deep purple. It’s a favorite attraction for visitors, and makes for a stunning subject for photographers….

The Garden’s long history with lawns

Beyond the chirping of birds and buzzing of bees, there’s another sound synonymous with Spring… the whir of lawnmowers being called back into action after taking the winter off. Just like other plants in your garden, grass requires certain care to keep your lawn healthy and looking lush. Luckily, the Missouri Botanical Garden has been…