Classes, Tours & Workshops
All Garden-owned locations are temporarily closed until further notice to support the regional effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

All events and programs remain suspended through May 1, and we may extend this time frame if necessary.
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. Go to Online Registration

Download a Print-at-home Catalog:
Spring–Summer 2020

If you have questions, please call us at (314) 577-9506 or email

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


  Instructor Baking with Olive Oil
Tuesday, July 7; 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Instructors: Marianne Prey
$37 members; $43 nonmembers

Have you ever considered baking with olive oil? Cookies, quick breads, pies, cakes, brownies and muffins are all possibilities. Learn how to convert recipes from butter to olive oil and enjoy the rich flavor, increased moistness and longer freshness of baked treats made with olive oil. The menu will include Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Muffins, French Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart, Chocolate Chip Sea Salt Cookies with Olive Oil Ice Cream. Designed for adults only.
Become a Great Gardener: Refresh your Containers
Thursday, July 9; 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Sharon Lloyd
$28 members; $34 nonmembers

Are your containers looking tired, worn, overgrown, or just plain scraggly? By mid-summer our containers are in need of some much deserved TLC. You will learn a variety of techniques to bring those once beautiful containers back to life! Come prepared for a half mile walk.
  origami cranes
Garden-Inspired Origami – Japanese Cranes
Saturday, July 25;
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jody Chassin
$45 members; $54 nonmembers

In this hands-on class you learn how to transform a one dimensional piece of paper into a three dimensional cranes. After making 3–4 animals, use colored wire, beads, and your creativity to turn them into 6–8″ moveable sculptures. Learn about the history of origami as well. All materials provided. Please bring a narrow, opaque vase about 5–6″ tall and about 9–10″ around to take your sculpture home in.
  water lilies
Behind the Scenes: Tour of the Water Lilies
Tuesday, August 4; 5–7 p.m.
Instructor: Derek Lyle
$28 members; $34 nonmembers

Please join horticulturist Derek Lyle on a behind-the-scenes tour of the aquatic plant displays. Learn the historical significance of water lilies and the process of creating the displays from start to finish. During this class you will have access to the aquatics greenhouse where propagation and plant production occur. There will be demonstrations in the pools discussing plant maintenance and pollination techniques of the Victorias. Do not forget to bring your camera as you will view the lilies in the outdoor pools during peak lighting hours. Come prepared for a one-mile walk. Designed for adults only.
“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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Spring–Summer 2020

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