Classes, Tours & Workshops
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. View Online Catalog for:
Fall–Winter 2019/2020 (September–February)

If you have questions, please call us at (314) 577-5140 or email

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


Art Forms in Nature
Saturday, September 21;
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Emily Dustman
$52 members; $62 nonmembers

All levels. Leonardo da Vinci said, “Study the science of art. Study the art of science.” From Ernst Haeckel’s early lithographs of new species to Maria Sibylla Merian’s illustrative documentation of metamorphosis, the convergence of science and art has never been more apparent. This course will begin with a brief history about some of the many inspiring artists who were also scientists. Through demonstrations and hands-on exercises, students will explore basic drawing and watercolor techniques, study and sketch live specimens from the garden, and use their newly learned skills to generate scientific illustrations. Through demonstrations and hands-on exercises, students will explore basic drawing and watercolor techniques, study and sketch live specimens from the garden, and use their newly learned skills to generate scientific illustrations.A final critique will round out the class. Materials provided.Register
Creative Flower Arranging: Fill Your Vase
3 Tuesdays: September 24, October 22, November 12;
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Sharon Lloyd
$108 members; $130 nonmembers

Creating arrangements from your own yard can be a relaxing and rewarding experience. Join us for this three-part series. During each class we will learn about the season’s best plants for cut arrangements that you can grow in your own yard, maximizing store-bought bouquets, and unusual vase ideas. In each class, you will create a seasonal, one-of-a-kind vase arrangement. Price includes a flower frog and vase to be brought back with you for each class in the series. Come prepared for a half-mile walk. Register
  Cooked insects
Entomophagy 101: Cooking Gateway Bugs in the Gateway City
Tuesday, September 24; 6–8 p.m.
Instructor: Tad Yankoski
$37 members; $43 nonmembers

They say when it comes to eating insects that crickets are the gateway bug; they are easy to cook, tasty, and not very intimidating. Though 80 percent of the world’s population eats insects as a regular part of their diet, it is still uncommon in the United States, but this trend is changing quickly! Join Butterfly House Bug Chef, entomologist Tad Yankoski, to learn all about how you can incorporate this sustainable, eco-friendly, fun, and delicious protein source into your diet. An informational presentation will be followed by demonstrations on cooking multiple types of insects including crickets and wax worms. You will have the chance to sample Chocolate ‘Chirp’ or ‘Crick’erdoodle’ cookies, zesty BBQ wax worms and more! Note that people with shellfish allergies should not eat insects. Register
Seed Harvesting for the Home Gardener
Wednesday, September 25; 5–7 p.m.
Instructor: Daria McKelvey
$33 members; $39 nonmembers

Have you ever wanted to save seeds from your garden plants but didn't know how to collect and store them? Now you can learn how! This class will teach you how to collect seed from your ornamental and native plants and how to properly store and prepare them for germination. The class will also cover the basic principles of seed anatomy and germination. The lesson will conclude with a seed harvesting demonstration. Designed for adults only. Register
“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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Class participant creating wreath from succulentsGive the gift of knowledge! Instead of the typical “stuff,” give that hard-to-buy-for friend or family member a fun, memorable experience. Missouri Botanical Garden and its family of attractions offer many engaging and enriching classes throughout the year.

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