Plant Profile: Holly

It’s a plant perhaps best known for decking the halls, but holly goes far beyond holiday decorations.

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…

Plant Profile: Avocado

What is an avocado? Persea americana is an evergreen tree, native to Mexico, Central America and South America. It belongs to Lauraceae, the plant family that also includes cinnamon trees. Avocado trees produce green-skinned, round or pear-shaped fruit containing a single large pit (seed). Botanically speaking, avocado is actually a berry. Its yellow flesh is…

Spotlight on Science: Tom Croat

A monthly look at the people behind plant science at the Missouri Botanical Garden Dr. Tom Croat P.A. Schulze Curator of Botany Tom Croat has been called the Indiana Jones of botany, and when you hear him describe his collecting journeys to the Tropics, it fits. Croat, 80, has spent about a third of his…

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…

Celebrating 100 Years of the Gladney Rose Garden

Roses have always been an integral facet of the collections presented at the Missouri Botanical Garden, beginning with Garden founder, Henry Shaw. Shaw authored a book titled The Rose in 1882 about the red rose, a recognized emblem of England, his home country. “Human art can neither color nor describe so fair a flower,” Shaw…

The Planting of a Pincushion Garden

The Pincushion Garden is one of the most intricate annual displays you’ll find at the Missouri Botanical Garden. But creating these sensational circles of succulents is no easy task. What is a pincushion garden? The Pincushion Garden resurrects a “lost art” of garden design once common in traditional Victorian displays. The complex designs are created…