Missouri Botanical Garden

4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110-2226- Map It
Phone: (314) 577-5100
Save $1 on general admission up to four people per party.

AAA Editor Notes

Missouri Botanical Garden (MOBOT) is at 4344 Shaw Blvd., just s. of I-44 exit 287B near the jct. of Vandeventer and Kingshighway. St. Louisans affectionately refer to it as &#8220;Shaw's Garden&#8221;&#8212;a tribute to the British-born businessman who sold cutlery out of a rented room in St. Louis at age 18, subsequently made a fortune in hardware, retired at 40, traveled the world, found inspiration in Europe's great botanical gardens and opened one of his own in his adopted city.</br>MOBOT offers outdoor display gardens and several conservatories featuring tropical and non-native plants. Historic buildings include the Spink Pavilion, a private event facility, and the Tower Grove House, Shaw's country home. This mid-19th-century residence is restored and furnished in period style.</br>Highlights? There are many, starting with the Climatron, a geodesic dome with a lovely assortment of tropical trees, plants and flowers that luxuriate in the damp, climate-controlled environment. The Shoenberg Temperate House displays biblical and other plants from regions of the world with a Mediterranean climate. The Linnean House&#8212;named for famed botanist Carl Linnaeus&#8212;was originally used as a greenhouse to overwinter palms, tree ferns, citrus trees and other cold-sensitive plants; today its northern half houses camellias and its southern half has been returned to its original use as an orangery. The camellias begin blooming in mid-December and reach their peak in mid- to late February, providing a display of floriferous beauty for winter-weary visitors.</br>MOBOT's 14-acre Japanese Garden is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll. In the garden's central axis, a reflecting pool features a trio of angel musicians (bronze sculptures by Swedish artist Carl Milles). Floating in the pool from April through October are &#8220;Walla Wallas,&#8221; whimsical glass sculptures by another renowned artist, Dale Chihuly (and don't miss Chihuly's Blue Chandelier hanging in the Ridgway Visitor Center).</br>The Kemper Center for Home Gardening encompasses 23 thematic residential gardens. Next to the center, a path through the George Washington Carver Garden, planted with hydrangeas and sweet potato vines, leads to a fountain and life-size statue of the &#8220;plant scientist&#8221; and native Missourian&#8212;an appropriate tribute, since in addition to being a horticultural showplace MOBOT is known for its science and conservation efforts.</br>Guided tours are available. Food is available.</br>
(includes Tower Grove House) $12; free (ages 0-12). Admission for St. Louis County residents with ID $6; $4 (ages 65+); free ages 0-12. Tram tours $4; free (ages 0-2 on lap). Special rates apply for some events.
AAA Benefit:
AAA Members will receive a $1.00 off daytime general admission for the Missouri Botanical Garden for up to four people per party.
Hours: Grounds and facilities open daily 9-5. Tower Grove House open Wed.-Sun. 10-4, Apr.-Dec. Narrated tram tours depart on the hour Mon.-Fri. 10-4, every 40 minutes Sat.-Sun. 9:30-4:10, Apr.-Oct. Guided walking tours depart daily at 11 and 1, Apr.-Oct.; daily at 11, rest of year. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.