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Missouri Botanical Garden

Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the oldest botanical institutions in the United States and a National Historic Landmark., as well as the National Register of Historic Places. The Garden is a center for botanical research and science education of international repute, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis, with 79 acres (32 ha) of horticultural display. It includes a 14-acre (5.7 ha) Japanese strolling garden named Seiwa-en; the Climatron geodesic dome conservatory; a children's garden, including a pioneer village; a playground; a fountain area and a water locking system, somewhat similar to the locking system at the Panama Canal; an Osage camp; and Henry Shaw’s original 1850 estate home. It is adjacent to Tower Grove Park, another of Shaw’s legacies.
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Missouri Botanical Garden

For part of 2006, the Missouri Botanical Garden featured "Glass in the Garden", with glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly placed throughout the garden. Four pieces were purchased to remain at the gardens. In 2008 sculptures of the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle were placed throughout the garden. In 2009, the 150th anniversary of the Garden was celebrated, including a floral clock display.
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Missouri Botanical Garden

The Plant List is an Internet encyclopedia project to compile a comprehensive list of botanical nomenclature, created by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Plant List has 1,040,426 scientific plant names of species rank, of which 298,900 are accepted species names. In addition, the list has 620 plant families and 16,167 plant genera.
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Missouri Botanical Garden

The Shaw Nature Reserve was started by the Missouri Botanical Garden in 1925 as a place to store plants away from the pollution of the city. The air in St. Louis later cleared up and the reserve has continued to be open to the public and for enjoyment, research, and education ever since. The 2,400-acre (9.7 km2) reserve is located in Gray Summit, Missouri 35 miles (56 km) away from the city.
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Guided Walking Tours Explore the Garden’s history, plants and seasonal highlights with a Garden Docent through a personalized walking tour. Included with Garden admission. Tours accommodate a maximum of 15 guests. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to the tour start time and meet the Docent in the upper level of the Ridgway Visitor Center. November - March Daily at 11 a.m. April - October Daily at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Individual Classes & Tours Guided walks and tours are also offered as classes at our three campuses. View upcoming sessions or call 577-5140 for more information. School and Children's Field Trips To learn more about field trips and educational tours, contact our Education Division at schoolprograms@mobot.org or 577-5140.
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Explore the Garden’s history, plants and seasonal highlights with a Garden Docent through a personalized walking tour. Included with Garden admission. Tours accommodate a maximum of 15 guests. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to the tour start time and meet the Docent in the upper level of the Ridgway Visitor Center. November - March Daily at 11 a.m. April - October Daily at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Individual Classes & Tours Guided walks and tours are also offered as classes at our three campuses. View upcoming sessions or call 577-5140 for more information. School and Children's Field Trips To learn more about field trips and educational tours, contact our Education Division at schoolprograms@mobot.org or 577-5140.
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Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Early morning hours (grounds only) Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 to 9 a.m.* Wednesday evening walking hours (grounds only) Wednesdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 5 to 7 p.m. Garden Gate Shop 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (Garden admission not required) Closed Christmas Sassafras 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; lunch served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
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The Garden is a place for many annual cultural festivals, including the Japanese Festival and the Chinese Culture Days by the St. Louis Chinese Culture Days Committee. During this time, there are showcases of the culture's botanics as well as cultural arts, crafts, music and food. The Japanese Festival features sumo wrestling, taiko drumming, koma-mawashi top spinning, and kimono fashion shows. The Garden is known for its bonsai growing, which can be seen all year round, but is highlighted during the multiple Asian festivals.
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No golf carts, but there is a tram tour. They also provide a range of accommodations to make the Garden more accessible, such as wheelchairs (free) and motorized scooters (fee). For more info, you can go to the web site (you'll have to google it because TripAdvisor won't let me post the link) then click Visit, Things to know, and then Accessibility under "Quick Links"
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Green Homes Festival Saturday, June 3 ​ Have fun learning to live greener, healthier lives at our annual celebration of sustainability. Learn more The Future ofAgriculture Garden researchers are among those seeking sustainable alternatives to monocultures in contemporary agriculture. Learn more
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From May 13 through August 13, the Climatron plays host to Garden of Glass, an exclusive exhibition of the fused glass artwork of Craig Mitchell Smith. Special daytime and evening admissions apply. Learn more at mobot.org/glass.

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