The Missouri Botanical Garden was founded by botanist Henry Shaw in 1859, making it the oldest botanical garden in the U.S. The 79-acre (32-hectare) garden west of downtown is a National Historic Landmark.
Visit Shaw’s country residence, Tower Grove House, which was built in 1849 and later restored with many of Shaw’s belongings intact. Explore the surrounding Victorian Garden, filled with flowers and plants. The grounds also include a small labyrinth, herb garden and conservatory. Shaw is buried in a mausoleum near the house.
The Seiwa-en Japanese Garden sits on 14 acres (5.6 hectares) north of Tower Grove House. The focus here is the large lake, dotted with four islands. Use the footbridge to get to one of them. Nearby, walk through the English Woodland Garden, which is planted with bluebells and dogwoods. The Bavaria Garden displays flora and fauna native to Germany.
The award-winning Climatron dome conservatory near the entrance to the garden houses a tropical rainforest. Wander through the dense foliage and search for fish in the indoor river aquarium. Families should visit the seasonal Children’s Garden west of the conservatory. April through October kids can work in the garden, which grows vegetables and flowers.
A narrated 30-minute tram tour also operates only from April through October. This relaxing and informative ride is free with garden admission.
Events are held on the grounds throughout the year. (See the website for a current schedule.) The Orchid Show runs February through March and features 800 exotic plants. Come in May for the Chinese Culture festival, and the Japanese Festival, held on the Labor Day weekend. Outdoor concerts are held on Wednesday evenings May through July.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is open daily except Christmas Day. There’s a small admission fee that goes towards maintaining the grounds. Parking is free and several bus routes stop here.
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We really liked the home itself and the way it was set up.
The best thing about this place is the remarkable host, Larry, and his top of the world breakfasts. Great conversationalist and incredible cook. Next best thing is that the place is really about a four minute walk from the Missouri Botanical Garden, which is rated third in the world and quite beautiful ...
Situated in St. Louis, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tower Grove Park and Missouri Botanical Gardens and Arboretum. Forest Park and Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis are also within 3 mi (5 km).
We recently met our daughter in St Louis for a long weekend. We had planned on doing a little sightseeing, but spending most of our time at the house visiting as we also have a toddler and infant. We ended up having a snowy, cold weekend and spent our entire time at the house, but we didn't mind ...
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The best part about this rental was its central location. We went to the four seasons, the arch, city museum, The hill, the zoo, and the lake and it was central to everything!! The amenities were in good condition. The bad news is not so bad. The beds and pillows are uncomfortable. One night we stayed ...
The neighborhood was quite and safe. Good location for taking Uber to our many ventures around St. Louis.
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