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

Legacy Oaks Questions & Answers

Although the Francis Quad will look quite different for a brief period, the Legacy Oaks project will ensure generations of students have an iconic Quad to help create and remember cherished memories of their time at Mizzou.


Tribute Tree makes a perfect birthday gift

Shawn Marsh learned of Mizzou Botanic Garden’s Tribute Tree program during his visits to campus for alumni committee meetings and decided to dedicate a tricolor beech on the lawn of the chancellor’s residence to his wife, Lori for her birthday noting the “program is a way people can donate to MU that will be visible and will last a long time without naming a building.”


Looking at the world through a tone-colored lens

During his first semester at MU as a doctoral student in media sociology, Cory MacNeil documented Landscape Services gardeners working to maintain Mizzou Botanic Garden (MUBG). His work resulted in a show that debuted at MUBG’s 2021 Jacquelyn K. Jones Lecture and then went on display in MU’s Reynold’s Journalism Institute.


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.


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.


Birders share their avian passions at Mizzou Botanic Garden lecture

A rapt crowd attended the annual Jacquelyn K. Jones lecture featuring Missouri Department of Conservation’s re-establishment of the brown-headed nuthatch in Missouri, online birding resources and Noah Strycker’s entertaining keynote on his year-long international adventures documenting more than half of the world’s bird species.


MUBG scavenger hunt developed for MU staff activity; available online

MUBG partnered with Mizzou’s Staff Advisory Council to develop a scavenger hunt leading seekers through its 18 Gardens of Interest on campus. The interactive pdf is now available online for others looking for a little challenge with a walk-through campus.


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.


Join Friends of the Mizzou Botanic Garden and in addition to other benefits, you can visit 330 gardens throughout North America for free.