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


We are back on track after a challenging year to personally connect with constituents because of the global pandemic.


A close examination of our role on campus as we came back from 18 months of uncertainty led the garden’s board to a decision to hire an outside consulting firm to help formulate a strategic plan of operations for the next five years. Like just about everyone else, our get-togethers over the past several weeks to share ideas have been from the comfort of our homes or offices in front of computer screens. But they have been invigorating and productive and we will have what we believe is a compelling plan to share with the campus community and the public at large later this fall.


Efforts continue in support of MUBG’s ongoing initiative to replace the declining pin oaks on the Francis Quadrangle with native oak species in what is being called Legacy Oak project. We are finalizing our first full sponsorship of one of the white oaks slated to be planted on the Francis Quadrangle – now growing to planting size at MU’s South Research Farm. More on that gratifying occurrence soon.


MUBG has donated two Legacy Oaks to play a role in Missouri’s bicentennial observation. We are proud to be part of this state’s ongoing history. Those trees were dedicated in 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.


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.


We also are back on track with our annual Jacquelyn K. Jones lecture this fall, which features a rock star of the birding world, Noah Strycker. You can read more about the birdman on our website as well as details about this free and open to the public program. Please mark your calendars and make plans to join us for what promises to be a fun and entertaining evening.


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