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WHAT: Nature Connects, Art with LEGO® Bricks  
WHEN: May 24-September 7, 2014, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The exhibit is not open during early morning (7-9 a.m.) walking hours.   
WHERE: Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., south St. Louis. LEGO® brick sculptures will be displayed in the Climatron and Shoenberg Temperate House.  
COST: $6 adults (ages 13 and older), $5 for children, $4 Missouri Botanical Garden members, $3 for members children (ages 3 and older), in addition to regular Garden admission ($8 adults; $4 St. Louis City/County residents; free children ages 12 and younger). Free for Garden members.
INFO: ; (314) 577-5100, 1-800-642-8842 toll free

(ST. LOUIS):  The Missouri Botanical Garden is pleased to announce it will play host to a new exhibit Nature Connects, Art with LEGO® bricks this summer. Nature Connects  features larger than life sculptures built with LEGO bricks. The 12 installations featuring 25 individual LEGO brick sculptures will be housed in the Climatron and Shoenberg Temperate House. The exhibit opens to the public May 24 and runs through September 7.


The sculptures have a natural theme and include animals, plants and people. A bald eagle, butterfly, lily and ducks will be among the subjects. The LEGO brick sculptures are created and designed by New York artist, Sean Kenney. The exhibit is commissioned by Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University. The original Nature Connects exhibit is currently touring Gardens around the country. The next installment of this exhibit will debut at the Missouri Botanical Garden with new sculptures. More than 300,000 LEGO brick pieces will be used in the construction of the exhibit.

The exhibit is part of the Garden’s broader 2014 theme, “Planting the Future! Create. Connect Grow.” In 2014, the Garden invites its guests, young and old, to create, imagine, connect, learn and grow at the Garden.  The Brookings Interpretive Center will also follow this broader theme, and will include an interactive play area with LEGO bricks.

Photographers are welcome to use hand-held cameras to capture Nature Connects 2.0 for personal enjoyment; tripod and monopod usage is not permitted indoors. Photography for commercial purposes is not allowed.

Nature Connects  admission is $6 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12), $4 for adult members and $3 for members children (ages 3-12) in addition to general Garden admission.

Regular admission to the Missouri Botanical Garden is $8; St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4 and free admission on most Wednesday and Saturday mornings until noon. Children ages 12 and younger and Garden members are free.

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 general information, visit or call (314) 577‑5100 (toll-free, 1‑800‑642‑8842). Follow the Garden on Facebook and Twitter at and

More than 45,000 households in the St. Louis region hold memberships to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Memberships begin at $65 ($60 for seniors) and offer 12 months of free general admission for two adults and all children ages 12 and under, plus exclusive invitations and discounts. Members help support the Garden’s operations and world-changing work in plant science and conservation. Learn more at


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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, 155 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in St. Louis, just south of I-44 at Vandeventer-Kingshighway (exit #287B). Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas Day. Grounds open at 7 a.m. most Wednesdays and Saturdays (exception: special admission rate events). Admission is $8; free children ages 12 and under and Garden members. St. Louis City and County residents are $4 and free most Wednesdays and Saturdays until noon (exception: special admission rate events – third weekend of May, Memorial Day 2012, Labor Day weekend and first weekend of October). Park for free on site and two blocks west at the Shaw-Vandeventer intersection. The Garden is accessible via public transportation by taking the MetroLink commuter rail line and picking up a Metro bus ( For general information, log on to or call the 24-hour recording at (314) 577-5100 or 1-800-642-8842. For membership information, visit call (314) 577-5118 during weekday business hours. For volunteer opportunities, visit or call (314) 577-5187. The Missouri Botanical Garden is a tobacco-free environment.