Welcome to the Missouri Botanical Garden, more formally known as Shaw’s Garden. Shaw’s Garden is named after its founder, widely popular local philanthropist Henry Shaw, an aspect of this garden’s history you can see up close and personally at his 1850s log cabin located onsite. This 75 acre plot of land was first established in 1859, to "protect and conserve plants and their ecosystems" and to inspire and educate the surrounding community about horticulture and conservation. The Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation, a National Historic Landmark that serves as one of the state’s top centers for botanical research and scientific education. This oasis in the midst of the city will provide horticultural education, gorgeous natural beauty, and plentiful conservation information for your group!
Within the boundaries of this popular garden you will find the iconic geodesic greenhouse dome, the rain forest Climatron. Find all the most exotic plants from deep within overseas jungles at this spot, or perhaps head over to the Victorian Home and gardens to immerse yourself in a garden from times past. Take a leisurely stroll around the 14-acre stunningly authentic Japanese Garden or check to see if any of the popular annual events are taking place during your visit, the Chinese Lantern Festival and Garden Glow Christmas Festivals being among the favorites. This botanical garden has one of the largest collections of rare and endangered orchids as well, and overall it has provided the community with over 154 years of horticultural excellence. Be sure to save plenty of time to discover all the beauty and fun, the education and the science, within the Missouri Botanical Garden!