Know as the country residence of the late Henry Shaw (local businessman and philanthropist) the Missouri Botanical Garden has evolved according to the visions and passion of Mr. Shaw in becoming a source of research, knowledge and education in the field of Botany that supports worldwide studies, as well as your local home garder or plant enthusiast. The beautifully manicured grounds and iconic 'Climatron' feature thousands of plant species and are broken up into a variety of different gardens representing nearly all the biomes in the world in some way. A family favorite is the Doris I. Schnuck Childrens Garden
The Missouri Botanical Garden is funded by memberships, admissions, and the Zoo Museum District (ZMD) that is an entity that is funded by local property taxes and split between the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum, The Missouri History Museum, and the St. Louis Science Center.
The Missouri Botanical Garden tremendously popular because of its numerous festivals and expositions. The fantastic Whitaker Music Festival (Formerly the Whitaker Jazz Festival) is fantastic outdoor FREE concert series in the park on Wednesdays through the summer. The most popular event is the Japanese Festival, with participation of several Japanese community groups in conjunction with the Garden, and set in the wonderful Japanese Gardens section of the park.