Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the oldest botanical institutions in the country 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-79 acres of beautiful horticultural display, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, the Climatron conservatory, and Garden founder Henry Shaw's original 1850 estate home. Meet in the front foyer of the Danforth Center at 9:00 a.m.
Dress casual and wear comfortable walking shoes.
Don't forget your cameras!
Those with special dietary needs may wish to pack their own lunch
Volunteer drivers will be needed. Directions to Monsanto Center at MOBOT
4500 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, MO
Left on Olive Blvd
Right onto I-170 Southbound
Left lane exit onto I-64/Hwy 40 East
Exit 36A Kingshighway Blvd.
Right onto Kingshighway Blvd
Left onto Shaw Blvd
The parking lot entrance to the Monsanto Research Building will be on your right immediately after crossing the railroad tracks and before you reach Vandeventer Ave. There is a tiny sign that says "Botany Offices and Library Private Entrance." Enter here and turn left to go up to the front of the building.
NOTE: The doors to the Monsanto Research Building are locked. There is a call button outside the doors.
9:00 am – Meet in foyer of Danforth Center to carpool
9:30 am – Tour of Research Center, Herbarium, Rare book room, and Greenhouse
12:00 pm – Lunch-n-Learn session with MBG REU interns, presentation by Dr. Matthew Albrecht (pizza and salad provided)
1:00 pm – Explore the Gardens (at your own leisure)
~3:00 pm – Return to the Danforth Center (don't forget to bring back those in your carpool!) Resources Plant Science Research at the Gardens Linda Oestry
, Library (Rare book collection) Derek Lyle
, MOBOT Greenhouses Dr. Matthew Albrecht
(Lunch and Learn speaker) Dr. Wendy Applequist
, Associate Curator Dr. Monica Carlsen
, Assistant Scientist, Education Coordinator
Dr. Peter Hoch
, Curator Missouri Botanical Garden Website