For more than 150 years, the Missouri Botanical Garden has been a place of beauty and learning for the St. Louis community. Founded in 1859 by Henry Shaw, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nationâ€™s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 1976. The Garden includes 79 acres of horticulture displays, more than 4,800 trees, Shawâ€™s original 1850 estate home, and Linnean House, a greenhouse built in 1882.
A number of specialty-themed gardens including the 14-acre Japanese Garden, Chinese Garden, English Woodland Garden, and Victorian District surrounding Tower Grove House make up the Gardenâ€™s 79 acres. The ClimatronÂ®, opened in 1960, was the first geodesic dome to be used as a conservatory and houses a vibrant tropical rainforest environment. Â The Shoenberg Temperate House was dedicated in 1990, becoming the Gardenâ€™s third indoor conservatory. Its displays include warm temperature-zone species that would otherwise not be able to withstand St. Louis winters. The largest portion of the house features species from five widely separated regions of the world chiefly characterized by warm, dry summers and cool, moist winters. The Ottoman Garden, opened in 2006, is the first of its kind at a botanical garden in the United States. The Doris I. Schnuck Childrenâ€™s Garden, also opened in 2006, features tree houses, slides, a cave, general store, and more for kids of all ages the opportunity to explore nature.Â The Brookings Center offers an indoor, family-friendly destination for themed exhibits encouraging hands-on discovery, exploration and learning.