There's lots to see and do at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Here's a partial list of some of the displays and attractions:
l The William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening is the largest not-for-profit gardening information center in the country. Inside are garden displays for terraces, backyards, city plots, ground covers, vegetables, flower trials, experimental crops, children, birds, prairies, butterflies, shade plots and other areas.
l The Carver Garden is a display of scientist George Washington Carver's work.
l The Victorian Garden is the oldest part of the park, Henry Shaw's original garden design and Victorian architecture.
l The Chinese Garden was dedicated in 1996 to mark cultural and scientific exchanges with Chinese botanical institutions and to mark the long-standing sister-city relationship between St. Louis and Nanjing. Major garden features were gifts from Nanjing.
l The Japanese Garden was created in the 1970s to be a garden of pure, clear harmony in keeping with the mood of a Japanese tea ceremony. Its architect was UCLA's Koichi Kawana, who stayed involved with the garden's development until his death in 1990.
l The Climatron, one of the garden's most recognizable icons, was built in 1960, and it was the world's first geodesic dome greenhouse. Inside, it's a lowland rain forest with waterfalls, tropical birds and 1,500 rare, fragrant plants.
l The Children's Garden, just west of the Climatron, features varied ecosystems and plants native to Missouri.
l The Butterfly House is a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden located in nearby Faust Park. It opened in 1998, an 8,000-square-foot conservatory where visitors can see more than 60 species of the world's most beautiful butterflies in free flight.
l The Linnean House, the oldest continuously operating greenhouse west of the Mississippi River, was built when Shaw was still alive.
l The Ottoman Garden, next to the Linnean House, is a walled re-creation of gardening traditions of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire.
l The Gladney Rose Garden and the Lehmann Rose Garden. The Gladney, started in 1917, features 105 varieties of older garden roses. The Lehmann, started in 1974, features 160 varieties of floribunda, shrub and other roses.
l The Strassenfest German Garden is planted with native flora of Germany and Central Europe and with plants discovered by native Germans.
l The Blanke Boxwood Garden displays boxwoods popular in formal gardens for thousands of years.
l The Shoenberg Temperate House, just north of the Climatron, displays species that grow in Mediterranean climates, the southeastern United States and temperate areas of Asia.
l Water lilies in the Aquatic Gardens, hundreds of plants in the pools by the Climatron and Linnean House, bloom from July through October.