Posted: 7/12/2019 | Print Friendly Version


What: Missouri Botanical founder Henry Shaw’s 219th birthday celebration 

When: Wednesday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Where: Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis 

Cost: Free 

For more info:, (314) 577-5100, 1-800-642-8842 

(ST. LOUIS): On Wednesday, July 24, enjoy old-fashioned entertainment and free admission to the Missouri Botanical Garden and Children’s Garden all day in honor of Henry Shaw’s 219th birthday.  

“Henry Shaw” himself will be greeting guests. Look for him strolling the Garden grounds, wearing his signature black top hat, alongside other actors dressed in vintage Victorian costumes. Marvel at the skills of a wandering stilt walker, have something made just for you by a balloon artist, or have your silhouette portrait drawn by an artist. You won’t want to miss the special puppetry performance by Bob Kramer’s Marionnettes at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. outside on Spoehrer Plaza. Snow cones will also be available for purchase on the plaza. 

New this year: The event will feature a focus on trees of the Missouri Botanical Garden. In the Children’s Garden, kids can participate in activities using tree products and hear tree stories. The Historic District will have activities involving historic furniture and trees. Docent-led tree tours will be available.

For this special day only, Garden Memberships will be 20 percent off at the Membership Services Desk.  

While you are here, learn more about Garden history and our founder Henry Shaw at his country home, Tower Grove House. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., new exhibits tell the next chapter of the Garden’s history, sharing the life of Dr. William Trelease and his family as residents of Tower Grove House after founder Henry Shaw. See three historic, newly renovated rooms and enjoy programs for the whole family in our historic Victorian District

Garden docents will be stationed throughout the Victorian District and Tower Grove House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to talk to visitors and share insights about the displays and gardens. Visitors to Tower Grove House will even be invited to share a birthday wish with HenryShaw on a giant birthday card! 

Stop in the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum and see the newest exhibit, Leafing Through History: The Plants That Make Paper. This is the Museum’s first interdisciplinary exhibition, which highlights the science, history and art of paper and paper-making. 

Items from the Garden’s Herbarium and Peter H. Raven Library will be on display, showcasing the Garden’s important history as a leading scientific institution.   

Admission will also be free for all visitors at the Butterfly House and Shaw Nature Reserve on Wednesday, July 24. 

You can also celebrate by making a donation to the Garden. Just click here

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.  

For more information, visit or call (314) 577 5100. Follow the Garden on Facebook and Twitter at and


The Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission is “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Today, 160 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.