Classes, Tours & Workshops

The Missouri Botanical Garden continues to be dedicated to keeping all staff and participants safe as we move forward with a variety of class offerings at all three locations. In these ever changing times, we have made some modifications to our classes. All classes will be held outdoors or virtually, where appropriate, until further notice. CLASS LOCATIONS HAVE CHANGED, a new location map, if needed, is included in the confirmation. Classes will be held under covered spaces as necessary. Each participant will be ask to electronically agree to a Covid-19 waiver upon each registration and will receive a Class Participant Protocol to review prior to class, which is included in the emailed confirmation. Each class participant will be asked to review health questions stated on protocol and take their temperature just prior to coming to class. An Education staff member will be at each class to confirm you have read and understand the protocol and have answered the health questions. If participant has a fever of 100.4 + or answers “yes” to any of the health questions, please call (314) 577-9506 to cancel and receive a full refund. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to keep everyone safe in our classes.

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:
Fall–Winter 2020/2021

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:


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Fall Photography in the English Woodland Garden
Thursday, October 22; 9:30 a.m.–noon
Instructor: Scott Avetta
$35 members; $42 nonmembers

All levels. During this field session we will concentrate on the great potential of the English Woodland. By spending extended time in an area we were learn the importance of slowing down, watching the light and its effect on your composition. We will also discuss and photograph a subject from a series of angles to create a stronger thoughtful composition. From water, structure, plants and trees we will design scenes you may normally pass by. To gain knowledge consider Boot Camp 1. A polarizer is helpful but not necessary.
More Hearty Soups from the Queen's Cuisine (ONLINE via Zoom)
Monday, October 26; 6–8 p.m.
Instructor: Jane Muscroft
$33 members; $39 nonmembers

Back by popular demand! What better time to learn how to make delicious, homemade soups than on a chilly autumn day? Chef Jane Muscroft demonstrates how to make her customers' favorite soups: broccoli, pear, and bleu cheese (she is thrilled by how popular it is!); creamy tomato and basil; fresh pumpkin and herb along with parmesan and oregano scones. So grab a spoon and join us for a tasty fall cooking class. All cooking classes are demonstration only and Chefs give copies of their recipes.
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Nature Immersion - Amazing Autumn
Tuesday, October 27; 9:30–11 a.m.
Instructor: Jeanne Carbone
$28 members; $34 nonmembers

Experience the highlights of autumn during a guided walk. Immerse yourself in the details of seasonal characteristics by taking time to explore, utilizing your senses and paying attention to details. The wonders of the Garden will provide the setting for slowing down, with a walk designed to change how you view nature, including suggestions for making these practices a part of everyday life. Come prepared for a 1-mile walk.
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Make Your Own DIY Personal Care Products (ONLINE via Zoom)
Thursday, October 29; 6:30–8 p.m.
Instructor: Glenda Abney and Julie McCroskey
$30 members; $36 nonmembers

Learn to make your own DIY lip balm, bath bombs, and—new this time—sugar scrub! We use simple, mostly natural ingredients great for those wanting to use less hazardous products or who have sensitive skin or allergies. In your kit, we will provide the supplies to make each product and you provide your own essential oil for scent and tools such as mixing containers and stirring spoon. Be inspired to make gifts this upcoming holiday season. Basic supply kit and instructions will be available for pick up on 10/28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Commerce Bank Center for Science Education parking lot, 4651 Shaw Blvd.
“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


Quick Links

Class Catalog:
Go to Online Registration
Download a Print-at-home Catalog:
Fall–Winter 2020/2021

Class Information:
Participant Safety Protocol
Class Policies

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