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Causes: Botanical Gardens & Arboreta, Environment

Mission: To discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.

Results: Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark. The Garden is a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis. The Garden offers 79 acres of beautiful horticultural display, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, Henry Shaw's original 1850 estate home, and one of the world's largest collections of rare and endangered orchids. For over 154 years, the Garden has been an oasis in the city, a place of beauty and family fun—and also a center for education, science, and conservation.

Target demographics: others discover the value of plants and conserve botanical diversity

Direct beneficiaries per year: over a million visitors connect to the wonder of the natural world

Geographic areas served: St. Louis and beyond

Programs: 79 acres of botanical landscape; formal and informal education programs for visitors, schoolchildren, and families; research and conservation programs in 35 countries around the world; festivals, flower shows, and special events for a variety of age groups and interests.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I have each been going to the garden since we were little kids. Today we live nearby and go once a week on average. It is an amazing place and one of my favorite attractions to bring Saint Louis visitors to. The Japanese garden (Seiwa-En) and English Woodland gardens are my personal favorites and I have volunteered in maintenance of the Japanese garden which is one the largest Japanese style garden in North America. So go there, feed the fish, buy a cactus, relax, see a rain forest, take your kids to the hedge maze, and learn something new. Peter Wyse Jackson, the current President of the Garden is a great new addition as well!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Missouri Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite places to visit. The beautiful Japanese Garden, the English Woodland Garden, and the Tropical Climatron are just the beginning of the wonders available for exploration. In additon, there are the Japanese Festival, a tremendous weekend-long celebration, the Chinese Culture Days, the Orchid Show, the Holiday Train show, the Children's Garden and other special annual events that add so much value to the Gardens.
As one of the largest Botanical Gardens in the World, MoBot is a true treasure that deserves more recognition. They are actively involved in research and conservation worldwide as well. If you have never seen it, make sure it is on your itenerary when you come to Saint Louis.