Desert Show
Southern Africa and Madagascar

Sponsored by the Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society

Step into a fascinating environment inspired by the desert in bloom. See the Garden's living collection of succulent varieties unique to southern Africa and Madagascar in this colorful flower show emphasizing the important role plants play in our lives. 

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Arid and semi-arid regions account for a third of the earth's surface and contain some of the world's most important hotspots of plant diversity. The plants that thrive in these regions show an array of fascinating adaptations to the harsh environments in which they grow. Plants of the arid regions exist at the extreme limits of tolerance of environmental conditions; therefore the slightest change to the environment can result in the loss of plant diversity, making them one of the most at-risk ecosystems in the world.
Hours & Admission

June 28 to July 27
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

$5.00 per person (ages 3 and up)
in addition to regular Garden admission ($8 adults; $4 St. Louis City/County residents; free children ages 12 and under)

Free for Garden members and their children
Building the Desert Show

See how the Desert Show is assembled.

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Plants of the 2014 Desert Show

Learn about the plant collections that make up the 2014 Desert Show.

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Behind the Scenes

Cape aloe plant in potSee how horticulture staff and volunteers created the arid landscape of this year's Desert Show.

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