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Posted: 6/7/2016 | Print Friendly Version



(ST. LOUIS):  The Missouri Botanical Garden has a variety of events and presentations available for the public June 12-18. Among them, the 80th Birthday of President Emeritus Dr. Peter Raven with  $.80 general admission on June 13. For additional information on the events below, visit

  • June 12-18: Illinois Appreciation Week. Illinois residents with ID will enjoy $4 daytime admission (regularly $8) as well as a 10 percent discount in the Garden Gate Shop and Little Shop Around the Corner; and a 20 percent discount off new or renewal memberships purchased that week.  
  • June 13: Dr. Peter Raven’s 80th Birthday. All visitors 13+ will enjoy $.80 general admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children are free. Greet President Emeritus Dr. Raven from 1 to 3 p.m. in Ridgway Visitors Center and sign his birthday card.
  • June 14: Discover Madagascar: Plant Detectives. Throughout the week, the Garden will highlight its work in Madagascar with a series of programs. Join Associate Curator Peter Phillipson for a story about his journey to discover Clerodendrum kamhyoae, a species from Madagascar new to science. Meet the Malagasy landowners whose garden held this discovery. Learn how they and the Missouri Botanical Garden will be working together to learn more about this species and, at the same time, improve the livelihoods of people in the local village. This presentation is appropriate for all ages and includes interesting photos from the field.  The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required via the Garden’s website.
  • June 15: Whitaker Music Festival: Clusterpuck. This week’s free evening outdoor concert series features ClusterPluck, with a mix of  bluegrass, folk, rock, and country in a hearty sonic stew. Lawn seating; bring chairs or a blanket. Picnicking is permitted after 5 p.m.; pack a picnic or purchase food and beverages on site. No pets, barbecue grills or smoking. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. Free admission after 5 p.m.; last entry at 9 p.m. Children’s Garden is open 5 to 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Whitaker Foundation. On your way out to the Garden, visit with Garden researchers who will have photographs, videos and artifacts on display for the public in Ridgway Visitor Center for Discover Madagascar: World Exploration. The Art and Science in the Garden for the World exhibit is also on display through September 1.
  • June 16: Sensational Summer Nights. Visit the garden for happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. Flora-inspired cocktails and light food will be available for purchase at the Botany Bar. Join friends for a round of crafts, coloring and conversation, browse botanical books or just relax to live music by a rotating selection of local artists. Experts from the Garden and plant societies in the St. Louis area will be on site to offer gardening tips. Garden scientists will answer questions in the new Plant Lab located inside Edward Jones Hall. Grounds will be open for visitors to stroll. There will also be exclusive tram tours of the Japanese Garden available at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. for an additional $4 charge. Malagasy musician Razia Said is the featured musician. Sensational Summer Nights is designed from guests 21 and older.
  • June 16: Discover Madagascar. Marie Hélène Kam Hyo Zschocke and Joey Moscovitch will discuss their work to help the people in Antalaha in northeastern Madagascar with revenue-generating environmental projects at Macolline, by promoting access to employment opportunities at leprosy villages with C.A.L.A. and through global empowerment by teaching English as a foreign language. The presentation runs 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Shoenberg Theater and is free and open to the public. Registration required.
  • June 17: Adventures with Cocktails. Enjoy this adults-only party in the Children’s Garden featuring local distillery tastings and specialty cocktails from Dog Master Distillery, Grand River Spirits, Lion's Tooth Liqueur, Mastermind Vodka, Pickney Bend Distillery, Rocheport Distilling Co., Square One Brewery and Distillery and food, games, prizes and live music. Attendees receive a souvenir event cup. Musical entertainment provided by Mike Mattingly. $25 for Garden Members, $35 for the general public and $15 for designated drivers. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the website.
  • The Garden’s Café Flora at Spink Pavilion is open for brunch on June 12 and June 18 as well as every Saturday and Sunday through October. Visit the website for more information and to view the a la carte menu.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.

For general information, visit or call (314) 577‑5100 (toll-free, 1‑800‑642‑8842). Follow the Garden on Facebook and Twitter at and

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The Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission is “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Today, 157 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.