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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

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Garden Photographers

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Seasonal Gardening Tips

Be sure newly purchased indoor plants are well protected for the trip home. Exposure to icy temperatures for even a few moments may cause injury.

Holiday poinsettia plants do best with sun for at least half the day and night temperatures in the 50's or 60's. Keep plants away from drafts, registers and radiators and let the soil should dry only slightly between thorough waterings. Be sure to punch holes in decorative foil wraps to prevent soggy soil conditions.

Be sure the root zones of azaleas and rhododendrons are thoroughly mulched. Any organic material will do, but mulches made from oak leaves, shredded oak bark, or pine needles are preferred.

Hollies may be trimmed now and the prunings used in holiday decorations.

Apply mulches to bulbs, perennials and other small plants once the ground freezes.

If you plan to have a live Christmas tree, dig the planting hole before the ground freezes. Mulch and cover the backfill soil and the planting hole to keep them dry and unfrozen. When you get the tree, store it outdoors in a cool, shady, windless area until the last minute and mulch the roots to prevent cold injury. Don't allow the tree's roots to become dry and spray the needles with an anti-transpirant to reduce moisture loss.  Set the tree up in your coolest room. Don't keep the tree indoors for more than one week and plant outdoors promptly.

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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