Step into the Missouri Botanical Garden, and be transported into an alluring oasis right in the heart of south-central St. Louis.
Since its founding in 1859, the garden has both figuratively and literally been sowing seeds within its 79-acre footprint – which contains both a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden and one of the world’s largest collections of rare and endangered orchids – in hopes of inspiring and educating the region about plant conservation, ecosystems, sustainability and more.
Beyond its original site, the Missouri Botanical Garden also operates family-fave Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Chesterfield and Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri – both of which were established to further encourage environmental stewardship, natural habitats and education. Regardless of which site you explore, the horticultural haven makes a natural choice for this category.
4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, 314-577-5100, missouribotanicalgarden.org
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