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Missouri Botanical Garden News Releases


Shaw Nature Reserve Offers the Largest Selection of Native Plants in the Midwest on Saturday, May 10

Native Missouri RudbeckiaChoose from a huge variety of native wildflowers, ferns, trees and shrubs for home landscaping at the Shaw Nature Reserve’s annual Shaw Wildflower Market on Saturday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Shaw Wildflower Market offers hundreds of varieties of Missouri native annuals, perennials, ferns, trees and shrubs that are beneficial in attracting native species of birds and butterflies. Select from the showiest top-performing native plants for sun or shade. Full story.


Join the Missouri Botanical Garden for an Exclusive Tour of St. Louis' Finest Gardens!

Join the Missouri Botanical Garden for an exclusive tour of 12 of the loveliest private home gardens in St. Louis. The 2014 St. Louis Garden Tour is set for Sunday, June 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The St. Louis Garden Tour is only offered once every three years and held rain or shine.  Missouri Botanical Garden members and their guests are invited to enjoy a self-guided tour of 12 spectacular gardens across the St. Louis community. Full story.


Join the Garden in Welcoming Dr. Kingley Dixon to Present, " “Evolution at the End of the Earth – Plant Diversity in the Southwest Australian Hotspot”

Join the Missouri Botanical Garden on Tuesday, May 6 at 4 p.m. for the 2014 John Dwyer Lecture in Biology. Dr. Kingsley Dixon will present “Evolution at the End of the Earth – Plant Diversity in the Southwest Australian Hotspot.” The event is free and open to the public. Dr. Dixon serves as the Director of Science for Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth, Australia. Plants and animals throughout the world continue to face challenges with many species facing extinction. Dr. Dixon will present some of the technological advancements currently being made to lessen this problem.

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Annual Herb Days Sale at the Garden April 23-26

Globe basil The 12th annual Herb Days plant sale, presented by the St. Louis Herb Society and the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Garden Gate Shop will take place April 23-26.  Choose from a wide selection of over 14,000 fresh herb plants. Browse new and hard-to-find varieties, both culinary and ornamental. More than 100 varieties of herbs including basil, mint, lavender, rosemary, thyme and sage will be available.

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Green Home Festival Spotlights Plant-Based Green Living Ideas on June 7

Home Efficiency SolutionsThe 13th annual Green Homes Festival returns to the Missouri Botanical Garden on Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival showcases affordable, practical options for sustainable living combined with positive ways to maintain the health of people and the planet. For the first time, the event will be held in the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening and surrounding gardens and grounds. Moving this popular event into the Garden’s blooming walkways will highlight the connections between plant-based green-living ideas and solutions to energy, water and waste issues. Full story.


Missouri Botanical Garden Announces the 2014 Whitaker Music Festival Lineup

Whitaker Music FestivalThe Whitaker Music Festival returns to the Missouri Botanical Garden for the 21st year, offering a ten-week lineup of free Wednesday evening outdoor concerts! Pack a picnic supper and enjoy the beauty of the Garden grounds in summertime bloom as you listen to the grooves and rhythms of an eclectic rotation of artists from week to week. Concerts will be held Wednesday evenings, June 4 through August 6 at 7:30 p.m.; free admission begins at 5 p.m. and last entry is at 9 p.m. For more information and a complete concert lineup, visit

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Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden Opens for the Season March 29

Leave winter behind and spring into another season of activities at the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden. Families can explore the great outdoors and experience all the Children’s Garden has to offer: a waterfall, steamboat, cave, rope bridges, tree house and more! Opening weekend activities at the Children’s Garden are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 29 and 30 and are presented by Macy’s Foundation. Full story.


Celebrate Arbor Day with a Free Tree Sapling from the Missouri Botanical Garden

Witch HazelIn celebration of Arbor Day, plant a tree for free! The Missouri Botanical Garden will once again mark the state’s celebration on Friday, Apr. 4 by giving away 600 tree saplings to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica), Willow oak (Quercus phellos), Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), Redbud (Cercis Canadensis) and Witch hazel (Hamamelis vernalis) saplings will be available at the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or while supplies last. Master Gardeners will also be on-hand to answer questions and give advice on planting trees in the spring. Full story.


Sign Up for Classes at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Wellness classes Missouri Botanical Garden classes offer something for absolutely everyone! From basic cooking techniques for newbies to advanced landscape design for the seasoned gardener to those wanting to “green up” their homes, classes are taught by talented instructors who will inspire and delight students with hands on experience. Most importantly, classes inspire and strengthen the connections each of us has with the natural world. From overnights to health and wellness to canopy climbs, the Garden empowers students to stretch muscles and imaginations and limitations. Full story.


Native Landscaping Event Features Acclaimed Expert, Doug Tallamy on March 22

Doug Tallamy PortraitJoin the Missouri Botanical Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve, Missouri Department of Conservation, Metropolitan Sewer District, Wild Ones, St. Louis Audubon Society, and Grow Native as they present  the “Partners for Native Landscaping” workshop featuring Doug Tallamy, nationally acclaimed author of "Bringing Nature Home". The event will offer homeowners information and resources on how to landscape with native plants to create healthier communities. Participants will learn more about managing invasive plants, rainscaping their yards, gardening under shaded areas, gardening for birds, coping with invasive species and much more. 

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