Missouri Botanical Garden
Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation. The Garden is a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis. It includes 79 acres of beautiful horticultural displays, with a Japanese garden, Henry Shaw's original 1850 home, and much more. With a mission "To discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life," they inspire and educate about the benefits of being good environmental stewards through responsible and sustainable use of natural resources. They operate two additional properties. The 2400-acre Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri, was established in 1925 to protect their plant collection from smoky pollution. It is now a premier educational, research, and habitat restoration site. And the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, in Chesterfield's Faust Park, was established in 1995 to increase awareness of natural habitats in which butterflies thrive.
2345 Tower Grove Ave., P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO