About the Garden

The mission of the Mizzou Botanic Garden is to support the University of Missouri in the areas of education, research, extension, and economic development. To this end, the Garden is to serve as a public resource providing educational opportunities through the collections, display, interpretation and conservation of plants suited to central Missouri in a manner which inspires, educates and delights visitors of all ages.

For those of you who have not been to campus lately or are first time visitors, our garden is the MU campus. We have turned our environment into an exceptional and beautiful learning opportunity for our students, faculty, staff and visitors.

We hope you will visit often as the garden changes with each season and grows with each passing year.

News & Information

Tribute Tree Scavenger Hunt

Tribute Tree Scavenger Hunt

Use the scavenger hunt as a guide for a contemplative solo walk through the beauty of the campus, as a learning activity or make it a friendly competition. Download and print the clues or use it as an interactive PDF online.

Internationally recognized Missouri peony hybridizer shares outstanding introductions

Don Hollingsworth, a native Missourian, an MU alumnus and an internationally recognized peony grower and hybridizer has generously shared some of his notable cultivars with Mizzou Botanic Garden.

Friends board recognizes a changing of the guard

Larry McMullen, one of Friends of the Mizzou Botanic board’s longest serving members, is stepping back from his 16-year role on the board and has recruited his law partner at Husch Blackwell in Kansas City, Jon Phillips, to take up the cause.

George Washington Carver Community Garden project makes gains

With the opening of the Annie Fisher Community Garden on the site of MU’s Tara Apartments, Mizzou Botanic Garden’s George Washington Carver Community Garden Project is another step closer to fulfilling its mission.

Just like other gardeners, MUBG gardeners shuffle plants inside in the winter

A frost in late September had area gardeners — and Mizzou Botanic Garden (MUBG) staff — scrambling to move tropical and other houseplants indoors after summer months of refreshing natural light and (occasional) raindrops on their leaves.

Two groups dedicate Mizzou Botanic Tribute Benches honoring cherished campus memories

A group of students who served in student government roles in the 1960s to the mid-1970s and spent a lot of creative time together in Read Hall, have chosen to commemore their time together working in Read Hall with a MUBG Tribute Bench near the former site of the building. Four classmates honored their MU graduate program mentor Ben Nelms, a 20-year faculty member with the College of Education and Human Development, and his wife Elizabeth with a MUBG Tribute Bench in recognition of the couple’s inspiration and lasting influence on their lives.

Mizzou Botanic Garden News You Can Use: Arboriculture

What do you do when you have questions about treating a tree in your landscape for what you suspect might be insect or pathogen damage? Or maybe you wonder if a tree growing in your yard that has been damaged or that is no longer flourishing and seems to be in decline might need to be removed? Ultimately, you should engage the services of a certified arborist.

Pat and Sandy Hiatte make transformative MUBG gift commitment

A $5 million estate gift from MU Alumni Pat and Sandy Hiatte of New Bloomfield, Mo., will be split equally by Mizzou Botanic Garden (MUBG) and the School of Journalism. This generous gift is the largest ever committed to MUBG in the campus garden’s 22 years of existence.

2022 Jacquelyn K. Jones Lecture The Roots of Good Health: Nearby Nature, Trees and Wellness

Kathleen Wolf of the University of Washington College of the Environment was the featured speaker for the 2022 Jacquelyn K. Jones Lecture on Thurs., September 15. A research social scientist, Wolf has spent her career looking at the considerable physical and mental health benefits provided by time spent in nature.

You can access a YouTube link to the lecture here. Also on this page is a link to Dr. Wolf’s slides.

Read more about Dr. Wolf here.

What a difference a genus can make: Oaks

Increasingly, scientists and others are recognizing the important ecological, economic and cultural roles oak trees play in this country. MUBG takes a brief look at the genus and the roles oaks – specifically white oaks (Quercus alba) play in the lives of Missourians.

Join Friends of the Mizzou Botanic Garden and in addition to other benefits, you can visit 345+ gardens throughout North America for free. Memberships run from July 1 to June 30.