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Bloom Time Calendar

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Blog & Latest News

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Gardening and Horticulture

The 79 acres of the Missouri Botanical Garden feature modern, traditional, and educational gardens, as well as conservatories that display plants native to lands far removed from St. Louis.

The William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening also provides home gardeners with resources, instruction, expert advice, and inspiration.

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Gardening Help

We have staff available to help you with your gardening questions:

 

Garden Photographers

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Seasonal Gardening Tips

Deadhead bulbs and spring flowering perennials as blossoms fade.

When night temperatures stay above 50 degrees, bring houseplants outdoors for the summer.

Mow lawns frequently enough to remove no more than one-third the total height per mowing. There is no need to remove clippings unless excessive.

Gradually increase the mowing height of zoysia lawns throughout the summer. By September, the mowing height should be 2 to 2.5 inches.

As soon as cucumber and squash vines start to 'run,' begin spray treatments to control cucumber beetles and squash vine borers.

Mow bluegrass at 2 to 3.5 inch height. Turfgrasses growing in shaded conditions should be mowed at the higher recommendations.

Renovate strawberries after harvest. Mow the rows; thin out excess plants; remove weeds; fertilize and apply a mulch for weed control.

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Take a class!

The Missouri Botanical Garden offers classes on gardening, landscaping, watercolor, painting, floral design, botanical crafts, photography, cooking, and more!

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Behind the Scenes

Go behind the scenes with our Horticulture Division to learn about the people who keep the Garden beautiful! You can also take online tours of the Garden, learn about intern and volunteer opportunities, and explore many horticultural and gardening events and activities. Learn more about horticulture at the Garden.

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Plant Information and Records

We have several online resources that will help you find a plant on the Garden grounds or select something unique to grow in your own garden.

PlantFinder
Plants of Merit™
Plant Records