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. Garden maps and self-guided Tree Trail maps identify which plants and trees are flourishing in the gardens and provide inspiration about what might thrive in your home landscape.

A global pandemic made 2020 a challenging year to personally connect with constituents. Early in the year, MUBG canceled a major celebration of the rededication of one of its earliest gardens. Additionally, the annual Friends fall meeting and event — our primary celebration of the campus gardens and gardening with friends and supporters — was postponed. Stay tuned as we are back on track with an exciting offering for October 2021, now in planning stages. And you’re invited!

Our really big 2020 news is that late in the year, MU announced alumni Pat and Sandy Hiatte of New Bloomfield, Mo., made a $2.5 million estate gift to MUBG. We are grateful and humbled by their generosity in support of our mission and by their confidence in our management of the gardens.

This spring, MUBG and Landscape Operations Manager Blair Crosby was awarded a Missouri Department of Conservation Community Conservation Grant titled MU Habitat and Pollinator Restoration. The objective of the grant is to replace 4.2 acres of fescue turf on campus with native Missouri prairie and wildflower plantings. Benefits include the reduction of weekly mowing activities and an increase in wildlife, including birds, habitat. The plantings also may serve as campus teaching and research resources for students, faculty and landscape staff on topics of invasive species control, native Missouri plant identification, prairie management and urban habitat restoration.

Efforts continue in support of MUBG’s ongoing initiative to replace the failing pin oaks on the Francis Quadrangle with native oak species in what is being called the Legacy Oaks project. Replacement Legacy Oaks, donated by Wayne Lovelace and Kim Lovelace-Young of Forrest Keeling Nursery, are now growing to planting size on MU’s South Farm. The trees were irrigated and pruned over the course of the last year. This ongoing project is perhaps the largest ever undertaken by MUBG. Contact the Garden to find out how you can help with the legacy restoration project. Plans for project or tree sponsorship and formal recognition of significant contributions are currently being discussed.

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 735-acre botanic garden, free and open to the public seven days a week all year long.


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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