Classes, Tours & Workshops

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All events and programs remain suspended until further notice.

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. Go to Online Registration

Download a Print-at-home Catalog:
Spring–Summer 2020

If you have questions, please call us at (314) 577-9506 or email

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


  Instructor Wine Bottle Reuse
Saturday, August 1; noon–3 p.m.
Instructors: Perennial staff
$40 members; $48 nonmembers

Do you have a hard time recycling beautiful glass bottles? Learn to transform used wine bottles into a self-watering planter for your home. The creative folks at Perennial will demonstrate safe ways to cut glass bottles using techniques you can replicate in your own kitchen. Learn an easy and eco-friendly way to remove adhesive residue with SoyGel. In class, you’ll practice scoring and cutting glass with Perennial’s handmade glass cutter tool in combination with a hot/cold water bath. Decorate your home with these upcycled creations, or give as a unique, handmade gift. For adults only. Please wear closed-toed shoes.
  water lilies
Behind the Scenes: Tour of the Water Lilies
Tuesday, August 4; 5–7 p.m.
Instructor: Derek Lyle
$28 members; $34 nonmembers

Please join horticulturist Derek Lyle on a behind-the-scenes tour of the aquatic plant displays. Learn the historical significance of water lilies and the process of creating the displays from start to finish. During this class you will have access to the aquatics greenhouse where propagation and plant production occur. There will be demonstrations in the pools discussing plant maintenance and pollination techniques of the Victorias. Do not forget to bring your camera as you will view the lilies in the outdoor pools during peak lighting hours. Come prepared for a one-mile walk. Designed for adults only.
  Needle-felted cactus
Needle Felting
Saturday, August 15;
9 a.m.–noon
Instructor: Suzanne Hirth
$38 members; $44 nonmembers

Needle felting is a simple, dry felting technique that uses roving (unspun wool) and a special needle tool to apply the fiber to a backing to create an appliqué or a three-dimensional soft sculpture of a cactus. The possibilities for creative embellishments and accessories are endless. All materials provided.
  mosaic stepping stone
DIY Mosaic Stepping Stones
Saturday, August 22; 1–4 p.m.
Instructor: Perennial staff
$47 members; $57 nonmembers

Learn to use broken plates and forgotten tiles to create a beautiful DIY mosaic! Perennial will guide you through each step from cutting tile to mixing concrete for your mosaic. Each participant will create a unique concrete stepping stone, cast in an upcycled baking pan that you can reuse for future stepping stones, to take home to their outdoor spaces. Space is limited, so register early. Designed for adults only. Please wear closed-toed shoes.
“Awesome teacher! He gave great examples and made everything easy to understand.”

“Able to cross slab pottery class off my bucket list! Thanks!”

“Taking time to really immerse yourself in different areas of the Garden.”
—Quotes from previous participants


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Spring–Summer 2020

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