About Us

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"To discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life." – Missouri Botanical Garden mission

Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark.

The Garden is a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis. The Garden offers 79 acres of beautiful horticultural display, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, Henry Shaw's original 1850 estate home, and one of the world's largest collections of rare and endangered orchids.

For over 154 years, the Garden has been an oasis in the city, a place of beauty and family fun—and also a center for education, science, and conservation.

Contact the Garden

General Garden Information:  
(314) 577-5100
Toll free 1-800-642-8842
Sassafras Cafe:
Daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(314) 577-9473
Garden Gate Shop: (314) 577-5137
Daily, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Gardening Help
(Answer Service):
(314) 577-5143
Weekdays, 9 a.m. to noon
Green Resources
Answer Service:
(314) 577-0246

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