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

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.


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.


Grant funding adds arborist to Mizzou Botanic Garden’s staff

Mizzou Botanic Garden is using Missouri Department of Conservation TRIM grant funding to support training and testing for Landscape Services Groundskeeper Jeremy Grasela to become an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist. The certification will qualify him to work directly with the trees on campus.


New campus landscape designer’s plant passion began on a windowsill

Zach Ignotz’s early experiences with houseplants while a Marine Corps infantryman led him to Mizzou and a curriculum focus on landscape design. He returned to his alma mater last fall as MUBG’s new landscape designer.


Pea Ridge Nursery has grown to have one of Missouri’s most diverse tree inventories

Pea Ridge Nursery, located near Hermann, Mo., is a regular source of Mizzou Botanic Garden’s new trees. Beginning as a Christmas Tree Farm, Company President Mike Rood said the family-run business’ success is on the shoulders of business partners who freely shared their expertise with him.


MUBG Tree Trail scavenger hunt developed for MU staff event; available online

MUBG partnered with Mizzou’s Staff Advisory Council to develop a Tree Trail scavenger hunt for MU’s Staff Appreciation Week following the garden’s three Tree Trails. The interactive scavenger hunt pdf is available online for any and all who would like to add a little challenge to a stroll through campus. The answers also are posted so you can check yourself.


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.


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 330 gardens throughout North America for free. Starting this year, memberships run from July 1 to June 30, so the time to renew is now!