How Can You Help the Mizzou Botanic Garden Grow?

The landscape of the University of Missouri-Columbia plays an important role in strengthening the academic environment, providing an educational resource, and enhancing the image of the University. Gifts to the Mizzou Botanic Garden or its endowment fund provide a meaningful (and beautiful!) way for alumni, friends, corporations and foundations to make a vibrant and highly visible contribution.

There are a variety of gift opportunities you may want to consider. We would be delighted to discuss these and other possibilities.

Friends of the Garden

Friends of the Mizzou Botanic Garden provide financial support that is used to help preserve and develop the gardens, as well as to support MU's educational mission.

All members receive:

  • Discount on admission to conferences and classes sponsored by the Mizzou Botanic Garden
  • Invitations to special events
  • Join in the excitement of the gardens' special events
  • Free admission to Powell Gardens in Kingsville, Missouri

Join the Friends of the Garden for an annual or lifetime membership by making a donation today. The form is in PDF format. If you do not already have it, you will need to download the Adobe Acrobat reader.

Tribute Trees

A tree is a living legacy, an investment that appreciates in size and beauty. A gift of a tree is a profoundly thoughtful and enduring way of honoring or commemorating a graduate, alum, parent, retiring member of the University's faculty or staff, an organization or special event. A 5"x8" bronze plaque alongside the tree gratefully acknowledges your gift and the honoree. Your gift also provides for the tree's continued care and enriches Mizzou's botanical education resources. Many different species are needed for different locations on campus. Our landscape architects will gladly assist you in your selection.

Tribute Tree. . . . . . . . . .$2,500-$3,500 each

Tribute Benches

Another popular gift option is an attractive, comfortable cast-iron bench - an amenity much appreciated by students, visitors and the entire University community. A 2" x 10" bronze plaque commemorating your gift is a functional way to have your generosity acknowledged and enjoyed for years.

Bench. . . . . . . . . .$5,000 each

Tribute Gardens

A beautiful way to make an educational gift to the University is to establish a garden in a prominent location, containing labeled collections of perennial flowers, ornamental grasses and trees. A 7"x12" bronze plaque commemorates your gift in a lasting manner; an endowment fund for maintenance will assure its continued beauty.

Gift amounts vary depending on location and size of garden

Resources, Programs and Positions

Support is also needed for resources, programs and positions that will further enhance the Mizzou Botanic Garden.

  • Horticultural/Botanical Books & Educational Materials
  • Distinguished Lecturer Series
  • On-Campus Nursery
  • Position of Curator of Records
  • Position of Director of the Mizzou Botanic Garden

For more information on how to contribute to the Mizzou Botanic Garden visit the Gift Planning & Endowments page or to make an online donation, try the For All We Call Mizzou's Online Giving Form.


Jeff McGinn
Phone: 573-882-2136


Pete Millier
Director of Landscape Services/Mizzou Botanic Garden
181 General Services Building 
Columbia, MO 652110

Phone: 573-884-6307