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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

Cuttings of annuals can be taken now to provide vigorous plants for overwintering.

Except tulips, spring bulbs may be planted as soon as they are available. Tulips should be kept in a cool, dark place and planted in late October.

Cool-season lawns are best fertilized in fall. Make up to 3 applications between now and December. Do not exceed rates recommended by fertilizer manufacturer.

Begin fall seeding or sodding of cool-season grasses. Seedbeds should be raked, dethatched or core-aerified, fertilized and seeded. Keep newly planted lawn areas moist, but not wet.

Harvest herbs now to freeze or dry for winter use.

Autumn is a good time to add manure, compost or leaf mold to garden soils for increasing organic matter content.

Monitor plants for spider mite activity. Reduce their numbers by hosing off with a forceful spray of water.

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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