Welcome to the Mizzou Botanic Garden

Mizzou Botanic Garden’s (MUBG) mission is to serve as a public resource to provide educational opportunities through collections, displays, interpretation and conservation of plants suited to central Missouri. Efforts to fulfill that mission by the staff and Friends of the Garden are in sync with one of MU’s core values: discovery. We strive to accomplish this in a manner which inspires and delights visitors of all ages.


As a university campus, we are open for garden visits all day, every day at no charge to provide inspiration about what might thrive in your home landscape. Garden maps and self-guided Tree Trail maps can help you plan your visit. Recently developed MUBG scavenger hunts of the gardens and Tree Trails will take you through MUBG’s 18 Gardens of Interest and three Tree Trails.


Our programs group has ramped-up MUBG’s tour offerings, and it is now possible to request a tour from the homepage of the website, where you also can read new MUBG’s Plant of the Month series.


After years of discussion and planning, MUBG removed the remaining 19 declining pin oaks from MU’s Francis Quadrangle in 2022 and planted 24 white oak trees of five species — MUBG’s Legacy Oaks — on the Quad. Unlike pin oaks, white oaks have a life expectancy of 200 or more years and are better suited to the challenging growing conditions of Missouri’s urban sites often with disturbed soils, high clay content and alkalinity – along with the state’s roller coaster climate environment. Even with last year’s challenging growing conditions, only one tree had to be replaced.


In 2002, MUBG launched its first strategic plan, which will continue to be implemented over the next two years. We hope you’ve noticed that we’re a little more visible, including a twice-monthly column in the Columbia Missourian and some increased programming, which included a forest bathing event as part of our 2002Jacquelyn K. Jones lecture, featuring Kathleen Wolf, a Research Social Scientist at College of the Environment at the University of Washington.


And this year, we are staging an inaugural Brown Bag Series of programs with environmental themes cosponsored by other area groups. We hope you will join us for these exciting programs and keep us in mind for more area collaborations. Thanks in advance for your participation and for your ongoing support.


You can stay abreast of what we are up to at MUBG by becoming a Friend of the Garden and receiving “The Leaflet”, our electronic newsletter.


Established in 1999, MUBG’s roots are in Chancellor Barbara Uehling’s early 1980s vision to “unify and beautify” the campus. These twin goals launched MU’s campus-to-botanic-garden makeover. As such, the Garden also has functioned as a critical tool in recruiting students, faculty and staff; as a demonstration site for important issues in horticulture; and as an outdoor, living laboratory for Mizzou students in plant sciences, engineering, journalism, education and natural resources. We take pride in MUBG’s contributions to the success of the university over the last two decades.


I invite you to read a brief history of our origins and make time to visit Mizzou’s 1,252-acre botanic garden, free and open to the public seven days a week all year long.

MUBG Director, Pete Millier















Director of the Mizzou Botanic Garden


P. S. Alumni, friends and organizations wishing to support the Mizzou Botanic Garden's mission and growth may contact the garden at (573)882-4240 or e-mail garden@missouri.edu