The Missouri Botanical Garden is an acclaimed arboretum in St. Louis. Known formally as Shaw's Garden after Henry Shaw, founder of the first Garden, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation's oldest botanical garden and a National Historic Landmark. Founded in 1859, the garden was established to discover and share knowledge about plants and the environment in which they live to preserve and enrich life.
Acting as both a center for botanical research and science education and an oasis for the city for over 158 years, the Missouri Botanical Garden features 79 acres of beautiful horticultural displays, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, and a geodesic dome conservatory. Other features include a children’s garden, playground, and pioneer village, and one of the world's largest collections of rare and endangered orchids. The Garden also features the original 1850 estate home of Henry Shaw, a fountain area and a water locking system similar to that of the Panama Canal, and an Osage camp.
Things to Do in St Louis: Missouri Botanical Garden
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