Kemper Center for Home Gardening

Background:
The Kemper Center for Home Gardening is the largest non-profit gardening information center of its kind in the nation. It provides recreation, education and resources for Midwestern home gardeners. Programs are developed jointly through partnership with University of Missouri Extension.Kemper Center

Staff:
The Kemper Center is managed by four program staff, a  receptionist, six field horticulturists and 200 Master Gardeners and volunteers.

Location:
Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd. in St. Louis, Mo.

Purpose:
To teach gardening skills through gardening programs and displays; to encourage more people to improve their lives and homes through the pleasures and rewards of home gardening; to better serve visitors by providing accurate and accessible information on indoor and outdoor plants for the home.

Schedule:
The Kemper Center pavilion is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Days.

Kemper Center for Home GardeningSize:
The Kemper Center includes an 8,000-square-foot pavilion and eight acres of residential display gardens composed of 23 individual garden sites.

Display Gardens:
The 23 display gardens include a city garden; butterfly garden; secret garden; family vegetable garden; fragrance garden; ornamental displays for landscaping, lawns and shrubs; rock, shade and flower trial gardens; children’s garden; herb garden; garden for attracting birds; and other gardens. Learn more

Pavilion:
The Kemper Center pavilion opened in 1991 and includes a cozy living room area with a fireplace that includes tool and seed catalogs, a demonstration kitchen, a “plant doctor” desk, a gardening book reference library, classroom, indoor gardening displays, a monthly gardening calendar display, an information center and offices. It has the look and feel of a residential home.

Gardening Information:
The Kemper Center provides several ways of answering gardening questions. Master Gardeners and other volunteers are on-site to meet visitors and answer questions. In addition, anyone may call the Horticulture Answer Service, staffed by Master Gardeners and expert gardener volunteers, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at (314) 577-5143. Excellent gardening information can be found online at www.gardeninghelp.org

Programs:
The Center provides ongoing training for its volunteers and conducts a yearly Master Gardener training course. Additional programs include Plants of Merit®, the Horticulture Answer Service, Plant Doctors and Master Gardener Training.