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.

Class Catalog
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Fall–Winter 2021/2022

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

Click here to be taken to the Classes Registration Page. Once there, do a simple search for the class you want. You can also click on the "Register" link following each class listed below.

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

PAUSE: Meditation for Educators
Virtual and in-person options available
Offered on 24 different Thursdays; 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Brittany Conners
FREE; for Educators Only

Where do you go when the world is moving too fast? Try the Garden. In today's "grind until the gears fall off" culture, it may feel counterproductive or pointless to take a break. Trust us, it is necessary and vital to your overall wellness. PAUSE (Positively Adapting Using Silence Everyday) gives you skills to retreat within using silence to unlock your new peace. Simply start by giving yourself permission to PAUSE. Come prepared for a short walk.
Choose a date and register
  Japanese Garden
Journey to Well-being - Basics
Tuesday, October 5; 10 a.m.–noon
Instructor: Therapeutic Horticulture Staff
$70 members; $84 nonmembers

This intentional walking program is designed to experience the calming, restorative powers of nature. The program includes an initial meeting and tour of the Japanese Garden, with instruction to assist you with the remaining 7 self-guided walks to take on your own. The guide book provides suggested pauses for each walk, intended to increase awareness and encourage time for reflection.
  Flowers and waterfall
Photography Boot Camp II
Two Tuesdays, beginning October 5;
10 a.m.–noon
Instructor: Scott Avetta
$56 members; $67 nonmembers

All levels. In this multi-session class, learn how composition, light, and lens choice all work together and how to apply them in the field. Scott Avetta will focus on lenses that most photographers already have. He will emphasize making the most of the outside photo shoots and increase your understanding of what lens to use based on the light and conditions. Space is limited so Scott can spend individual time with each photographer during photo shoots.
  Pumpkin arrangement
Living Pumpkin Arrangement
Thursday, October 21; 10–11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Sharon Lloyd
$62 members; $74 nonmembers

Make a fall decoration with trendy succulents and a real pumpkin that’s perfect for decorating from Halloween through the Thanksgiving holiday. Create a living arrangement without piercing the skin of your pumpkin with knives.

“If you don't know it, you don't care for it, and you don't protect it.”
—Claudia West, ASLA, Principal at Phyto Studio,
co-author of Planting in a Post Wild World


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Class Catalog
Go to Online Registration
Download a Print-at-home Catalog:
Fall–Winter 2021/2022

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