Missouri Botanical Garden was created by Henry Shaw, a prominent St. Louis businessman who opened his garden to the public in 1859. Inspired by the gardens of his native England and guided by the eminent botanist Dr. George Engelmann, Mr. Shaw intended his garden to be a center for education, scientific research, and horticultural display.

The Garden was originally a treeless prairie far outside the city. Mr. Shaw, who came to St. Louis in 1819 and made a fortune selling goods to traders and settlers setting off for the West, retired at the age of 40 and devoted the rest of his life to developing his garden and the nearby Tower Grove Park.

Today the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and maintains one of the world's leading programs in botanical research. The mission of "Shaw's Garden," as it is still popularly known, is "to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environments, in order to preserve and enrich life."

Missouri Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis MO 63166-0299
(314) 577-5100


Located in the City of St. Louis, this is a wonderful oasis for the gardener. They have been expanding and upgrading their facilities for years and now boast some of the best in the land. Perennial gardens, landscape areas and teaching facilities combine wonderfully.

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