Classes, Tours & Workshops
Programs for Adults

Instructor and student discuss photographyFrom gardening practices to nature study and everything in between—the Missouri Botanical Garden offers a full range of classes. View Online Catalog for:
Fall–Winter 2019/2020 (September–February)

If you have questions, please call us at (314) 577-5140 or email

Join us for an upcoming class. Here are just a few:


  Raised bed Creating Raised Beds for Organic Vegetables
Tuesday, October 29; 6–8 p.m.
Instructor: Cheryl Rafert and Tammy Palmier
$33 members; $40 nonmembers

Do you have hard clay soil but dream about a gorgeous vegetable garden? A raised bed garden might be just the solution to your soil problems. Cheryl will help you get started this fall with ideas for site placement, compost creation, and plant selection. Learn about different types of raised beds along with their pros and cons. Be inspired to create the organic raised bed garden of your dreams. Register
  Blooms Growing Your Green Thumb for House Plants
Saturday, November 2; 10 a.m.–noon
Instructor: Aaron Lynn-Vogel
$28 members; $34 nonmembers

Become a house plant guru this fall. Aaron Lynn-Vogel, Garden horticulturist, will share how you can benefit from having house plants indoors. He will discuss how to take care of your plants including best watering practices, capitalizing on the right light, balancing nutrients, and scouting for pests. Plus learn tips on easy propagation of your plants to share extras with your friends. Find the best plants to fit your lifestyle and home in this fun class to grow your green thumb. Register
Fragrant Gifts
Monday, November 11; 6–8 p.m.
Instructor: Debra Jenkins
$38 members; $44 nonmembers

Don't you love when you receive a unique, handmade gift? Learn to make one-of-a-kind gifts for holiday parties and gift giving using aromatherapy oils. You will learn the basics of safely mixing fragrances for room/pillow sprays, scrubs, lotions, bath salts/bombs, and candles and how to present them in a nice way. We will utilize oils that are reminiscent of the holiday season. All materials provided. Designed for adults only. Register
  Row of filled wine glasses Advanced How to Sample Wines
Tuesday, November 12; 6–8 p.m.
Instructor: Michael Leonardelli
$34 members; $40 nonmembers

Want to lean more about wine? In this advanced class, we will briefly review general wine sampling techniques, then focus on in-depth flavor profiling of a wine's aroma, bouquet, and taste—by initially distinguishing between fruity and savory flavor aspects, then identifying the type of fruit (citrus, berry, tree fruit, tropical fruit) and savory (oaky, spicy, herbaceous) characteristics. We will also examine and use one of the 20-point wine evaluation scales employed by wine judges during competitions as we sample and evaluate six different wines. We will also examine faulted wines aromatically to identify the negative flavor characteristics and to learn about the typical causes of such faults. Must be 21 or older to register. Register
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—Quotes from previous participants


Give the Garden

Class participant creating wreath from succulentsGive the gift of knowledge! Instead of the typical “stuff,” give that hard-to-buy-for friend or family member a fun, memorable experience. Missouri Botanical Garden and its family of attractions offer many engaging and enriching classes throughout the year.

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