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“The Jewel of St Louis”

Missouri Botanical Garden
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Ranked #3 of 225 things to do in Saint Louis
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Owner description: The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis was founded in 1859 by Henry Shaw. Today, the Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display - widely considered one of the top three botanical gardens in the world. It features 79 acres of horticultural displays, including indoor conservatories and demonstration, formal and international gardens.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed July 23, 2013

One of the two or three best urban set botanical gardens in the USA. We are members and go there frequently, mostly to just walk about and spend a few hours. It looks so different from season to season and is always presenting newly planted areas. On weekends you'll always walk by several weddings. It's a wonderful place to just unwind and enjoy the beauty of nature.Try the new restaurant on site with indoor/outdoor dining on weekends.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

The Missouri Botanical Gardens are beautiful and a sight to behold. A few tips for you. If you go in the summer, it's going to be HOT walking around the garden, so bring a spray water bottle and battery powered hand held fan and maybe an umbrella to protect you from the heat. If you don't want to walk all the way around the garden, rent one of their motorized one seat carts. They cost $50 to rent, but $25 of that is for a deposit and refundable. The tram tour is nice and you get to sit down and ride around the garden with a narrator pointing things out to you. Go see the Japanese Garden with it's large bonsai trees, but if you want to buy a small bonsai tree for yourself from their gift shop, expect to pay $50-$75 for one of them...TOO expensive! Henry Shaw's house, mausoleum, and the Climatron are all worth seeing. The Sassafras café is pretty good too, but a bit pricey. But it's the only restaurant in town. Plan ahead and you can go when they are featuring some special event. You can go during discount times too, just call ahead and ask. Hope this review helps someone.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

IF IN ST LOUIS, GO HERE FIRST!!!! The gardens are georgeous. The indoor habitat must be seen to be appreciated. One could easily spend over an hour inside here alone waterfalls, highland growth, tropical growth, .well laid out trails, excellent signage...just great!. The maze is something the kids will love. The greenhouses are turn-of-the-century. The Lily gardens and Rose gardens extensive. Just a great place to visit if you enjoy flowers, plants, and even old English cottage and Manor house.

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

I spent almost 4 hours here I loved it just walked around and looking at all the different flowers. It was nice, would have been a little better had a daycare group not been their but I was able to for the most part avoid them once they went into the childern garden. I loved that the tower house is included in the price of admission and loved looking at the inside of the house. They also have a maze but I didnt feel like getting lost anymore than I already had before arriving their so I stayed away. Overall go enjoy yourself bring water for yourself.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

I remember this as "Shaw's Gardens," but it is a wonderful place nonetheless. We had a function to attend that evening, so couldn't stay to see everything; however, what we did see was lovely. I have family still in the area, so will make a point to go back during different seasons to watch the changes in the gardens. The reviewer who mentioned bringing an umbrella in the summer made a good suggestion, as there aren't a lot of places to sit that are in the shade. Be sure to go through Mr Shaw's residence, the Tower House (free), and look inside the mausoleum at the beautiful marble effigy above Mr. Shaw's final resting place.

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