Powerpoint Presentations

Bring the Garden to you! Request a Missouri Botanical Garden staff member and/or trained volunteer to come to your center to present on a topic. While the presentations are primarily visual, most will come with a sensory kit with close up photographs, smells, textures and items that pertain to the topic being presented. It is our goal to be able to engage all participants regardless of ability. 

Presentation length: 45–60 minutes
Fee: $25
Participants: 10 participants minimum and 25 participants maximum (see facilities key below)

Please call (314) 577-9506 to make a reservation. See reservation procedures. Please make sure that at least two staff members from your center are present during the program to assist participants with projects. 


Missouri Botanical Garden Walk


Water lily and lily padsWalk with us as we share the beauty of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Enjoy the tour as we visit the various themed gardens throughout our 79 acre site.

Chinese Lantern Festival

Includes sensory kit

Welcoming Dragon LanternDuring the summer of 2012 the Garden presented one of our largest and most successful exhibits ever, The Chinese Lantern Festival. Join us on a photographic exploration as we tour the various lanterns, constructed of silk, steel, porcelain and glass, as they were seen during the day as well as their spectacular showing at night.

Missouri Native Wildflowers

Includes sensory kit

Purple ConeflowerDiscover the many benefits of planting Missouri natives. Explore three habitats: prairie, woodland and glade. These wildflowers attract a variety of songbirds, butterflies and beneficial insects. Learn about these plants and how they were used by Native Americans.

Romance of Roses

Includes sensory kit

RoseSit back and relax as you enjoy some of the most beautiful roses in the world. Learn about the appreciation of these plants throughout history as well as the different types and hybrids of these captivating plants.

Mr. Shaw & His Garden


Henry ShawSee how Henry Shaw’s dream grew into a world famous institution—the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Plants of the Bible

Includes sensory kit

PomegranateBiblical references help us understand the plants of the eastern Mediterranean over thousands of years. Learn about biblical plants and their uses through the centuries.

Butterfly Gardening

Includes sensory kit

ButterflyButterflies have intrigued people for centuries. During this beautiful presentation we will learn about the life cycle of the butterfly as well how to attract and keep them in our gardens! Learn about their needs and the different plants that will bring these beauties to your yard!

Mysteries of Orchids

Includes sensory kit

OrchidThe orchid family is one of the most diverse and fascinating in the plant kingdom. Get up close and personal with these exotic beauties. Learn about the history and legends of some of the world’s most beautiful flowers.

North American Birds & Their Nests

Includes sensory kit

ChickadeeThere is a wide variety of different nests and nesting habits of North American birds. Types of nests are based on location, types of predators, and materials available. From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, enjoy a beautiful and fascinating slide show on a large variety of intriguing birds and the homes they build.

Birds at Your Feeder

Includes sensory kit

Bird in flightDo you enjoy watching the birds that visit your feeder? Learn about the wide variety of Missouri birds and their habits.

The Japanese Garden

Includes sensory kit

Japanese GardenEnjoy the splendor of Missouri Botanical Garden’s Japanese Garden. The philosophy and design of this garden are beautifully illustrated and interpreted.

A Walk in the Chinese Garden

Includes sensory kit

Chinese GardenExplore the myth and meaning of the elements of stone, water, plants, and structures found in our Chinese scholar’s garden.

The History of Tea

Includes sensory kit

Camellia, plant from which we get teaWhite, black, green, and Oolong are among the many types of teas. Learn about the fascinating history, botany and many uses of tea throughout the world.

From Field to Fabric: Cotton

Includes sensory kit

Cotton bollWhat do dollars, jeans and cow chow have in common? They’re all made with cotton. Learn about this wonderful plant from field to finished products.


Reservation Procedures

For Powerpoint Presentations and Hands-on Programs:
Call Carol at (314) 577-9506 at least two months before you would like to have the program presented.

  • As soon as a staff member and/or trained volunteer has been scheduled to present your program, a confirmation form will be mailed to you.
  • Please mail the payment when the confirmation form is received. Volunteers cannot collect payment at the time of the program.
  • If payment is not received two weeks prior to the program, the program will not be presented.
  • For cancellations five or more business days prior to program, a full refund will be issued. Refunds cannot be issued for cancellations less than five business days prior to program. A business day is Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • If the Missouri Botanical Garden must cancel a program, you will receive a full refund.
  • For liability reasons, please make sure that at least two staff members from your center are present during the program to assist participants.

Note to Senior Living Activity Directors:
The goal of the Garden’s Therapeutic Horticulture Programs is to provide the best quality and most meaningful programs to individuals of all abilities in the community. By keeping the number of participants smaller and the program length appropriate for your participants, we can offer a more meaningful and beneficial program for all individuals by catering to their specific needs. We have also created a Facilities Key to act as a guide to assist you in program selection. For assistance in choosing the best program for your group call Carol at (314) 577-9506.

Facilities Key
SCN = Skilled Care Nursing / Ideal number of participants: 10–15
AL = Assisted Living / Ideal number of participants: 10–15
IL = Independent Living / Ideal number of participants: 10–25 (hands-on 10–15)


Therapeutic Horticultural Programs at the Garden are made possible
through contributions by:

Friends and family of Dr. Samuel D. Soule
Dr. Oscar and Barbara Soule
Edward Chase Garvey Memorial Foundation
E. Reuben and Gladys Flora Grant Charitable Trust
Mary Anne Lucas Fund
Van Evera Foundation
Maritz Corporation