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. And a recently developed scavenger hunt and an online map will take you through MUBG’s 18 Gardens of Interest.


Over the past year, the Friends of the Garden board and I have been planning for the future of Mizzou Botanic Garden. A lot of thoughtful time and effort has gone into the process of laying the groundwork for a three-year strategic plan of action. I am grateful for the board’s insight, ideas and diligence and excited about the plan we are developing. It focuses largely on engaging more people with the garden, including partnerships with other organizations, so keep us in mind! When completed, we will make the plan available on the website. Thanks in advance for your participation and for your ongoing support.


One of the largest, most important projects MUBG has undertaken in its 23-year history is also nearing a very public fruition. If you are a follower of the garden, certainly you have read or heard about our Legacy Oaks of the Francis Quadrangle project. The pin oaks growing on the Quad are in decline. Discussions about replacing them began in 2018. White oak trees that will replace the pin oaks, donated by Forrest Keeling Nursery, have been growing and gaining size at MU’s South Farm for the past three years. This fall, MUBG and the university in a garden will host a dedication ceremony and also recognize the generous individuals and groups who have reached into their pockets to make this a reality. Please stay tuned for information about those events. If you would like to find out more about the Legacy Oak project and/or make a gift in support of the effort, please contact me. I’d love to discuss it with you.


Last year, MUBG donated two of its Legacy Oaks to play a role in Missouri’s bicentennial observation. We are proud to be part of our state’s ongoing history. Those trees were dedicated in a bicentennial observance at the Missouri Statehouse on August 10. Oaks play a key role in Missouri’s ecological, economic and social health and well-being, which is briefly outlined in a story on our website.


We also look forward to our annual Jacquelyn K. Jones lecture this fall, which features a free public program by a nationally recognized, not-to-be-missed garden/nature expert. Last year’s lecture featured a rock star of the birding world, Noah Strycker.


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.


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