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“Fun even for the botanically unenthused”

Missouri Botanical Garden
Ranked #2 of 266 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: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Reviewed February 6, 2014

The gardens are so sprawling it's nearly impossible to take it all in on a single visit. It seems they have special events there often as well.

Thank James C
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

Henry Shaw and his botanical garden pioneered eco-friendly urban development in the mid-17th century [visitors should stroll the adjacent Tower Grove Park, which was a part of Shaw's master plan]. The history of St. Louis as well as the first industrial revolution are closely connected to Shaw and the concept of the botanical gardens; historical elements that make visiting the gardens more than just a walk amongst the roses.

Indeed, the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) was an extraordinary gift when bequeathed to the city and the state. The city of St. Louis and the State legislature have been good but occasional gardeners, and the Gardens have had some hard times. Today, the MBG is world-class and foremost in its botanical/medical research, internationally. Retired head of MBG, Dr. Raven can be thanked for most of the progress. Through his leadership, St. Louisans have volunteered, donated, and adopted the Gardens as their own. It is a thing of beauty, in all respects!

Oh!... and the rose gardens are always in bloom; the Japanese gardens are far better than in CA; the German and English and Chinese gardens are gorgeous, too; the Climatron, oh my!; the educational Home Gardening Center; Tower Grove House; and the artwork..... and that's not even the half of it! So, when you go; DO make a relaxed walk of it all, and smelled the roses along the way.

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Reviewed February 4, 2014

The variety of flowers, plants and different types of gardens are outstanding. Rose, Woodland and Japanese gardens as well as the Climatron with exotic flowers and plants are a few of the highlights.When in St. Louis please visit, you will not be disappointed. I visit around 3 times a year. They have outdoor and indoor festivals through out the year.

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Reviewed January 31, 2014

I've been here well over a dozen times, and it never disappoints! Due to the fact that a lot of plants and trees are seasonal, you're best off waiting until after winter, but there will still be plenty to see, regardless! It's free on...I think Thursdays.. I'd check their website though, to verify. I highly recommend the Japanese Festival here! Whether you're with family, friends, a date, or by yourself, you should pay a visit to the Gardens :)

Thank David G
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

Beautiful way to spend an afternoon with the wife. First time ever seeing the gardens. We cannot wait to come back when it is warm outside. Despite the cold, there was a lot to see inside and beautiful plants and flowers at every turn! Check it out you will not be disappointed.

Thank mjohnstone1
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