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

MDC grant benefits urban forester

A successful grant application by MU/Mizzou Botanic Garden (MUBG) Horticulture Manager Jenna Sommer to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Community Forestry Cost-Share program provided MU/MUBG’s urban forester with an opportunity for professional development with a personal flavor.


Pete Millier Retires After 19 Years as Mizzou Botanic Garden’s Director

Director of Mizzou Botanic Garden and Landscape Services Pete Millier ends his 19-year career at MU with the same sense of the campus’ beauty and allure he experienced the first day he set foot on it in 2004.


Brown Bag Seminars return

Mark your calendar. After a successful first offering of ecologically focused garden seminars in 2023, MUBG has scheduled three Brown Bag Seminars for this spring and summer. Read more about these seminars on the science of composting, identifying, and inviting insect pollinators into your landscape and an introduction to cover crops.


When it Comes to Native Plants, Fire Can Be a Good Thing

In an effort to enhance the environment and conserve resources, Mizzou Botanic Garden has replaced mowed turf with native plants, or pollinator plots, which benefit from regular burning.


MUBG Tributes Memorialize a Life Lost with Messages of Love

When past KOMU-TV General Manager Marty Siddall lost his daughter in a car accident in 2006, he worked through some of his grief with caring Mizzou staff who recommended and partnered with him to memorialize Paige Siddall with a Tribute Tree, a Tribute Bench and a bridge in Peace Park.


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 345+ gardens throughout North America for free. Memberships run from July 1 to June 30.