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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:

 

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Seasonal Gardening Tips

Water evergreens if the soil is dry and unfrozen.

Enjoy the fragrant blooms of the Ozark Witch Hazel flowering in shrub borders or wooded areas on warm sunny days.

Don't work garden soils if they are wet. Squeeze a handful of soil. It should form a ball that will crumble easily. If it is sticky, allow the soil to dry further before tilling or spading.

Inspect fruit trees for tent caterpillar egg masses. Eggs appear as dark brown or gray collars that encircle small twigs. Destroy by pruning or scratching off with your thumbnail.

When sowing seeds indoors, be sure to use sterile soil mediums to prevent diseases. As soon as seeds sprout, provide ample light to encourage stocky growth.

Branches of pussy willow, quince, crabapple, forsythia, pear and flowering cherry may be forced indoors. Place cut stems in a vase of water and change the water every 4 days.

Begin to fertilize house plants as they show signs of new growth. Plants that are still resting should receive no fertilizers yet.

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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