Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark.
The Garden is a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis. The Garden offers 79 acres of beautiful horticultural display, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, Henry Shaw's original 1850 estate home, and one of the world's largest collections of rare and endangered orchids. Features include the Climatron® - the first geodesic dome to be used as a conservatory, incorporating the principles of R. Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic system; the 1882 Linnean House - the oldest continuously operated public greenhouse west of the Mississippi River; and the Victorian District & Tower Grove House.
For more than 158 years, the Garden has been an oasis in the city, a place of beauty and family fun—and also a center for education, science, and conservation.