About the Garden The mission of the Mizzou Botanic Garden is to support the University of Missouri in the areas of education, research, extension, and economic development. To this end, the Garden is to serve as a public resource providing educational opportunities through the collections, display, interpretation and conservation of plants suited to central Missouri in a manner which inspires, educates and delights visitors of all ages. For those of you who have not been to campus lately or are first time visitors, our garden is the MU campus. We have turned our environment into an exceptional and beautiful learning opportunity for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. We hope you will visit often as the garden changes with each season and grows with each passing year. Welcome » News & Information Pat and Sandy Hiatte make transformative MUBG gift commitment A $5 million estate gift from MU Alumni Pat and Sandy Hiatte of New Bloomfield, Mo., will be split equally by Mizzou Botanic Garden (MUBG) and the School of Journalism. This generous gift is the largest ever committed to MUBG in the campus garden’s 22 years of existence. Partnering with MUBG to pass along the ‘bug’ for ecology research MU assistant professor of biological sciences Lauren Sullivan discovered her passion for nature and research in a college ecology course. Using one of Mizzou Botanic Garden’s prairie-type plantings, she is introducing research to her ecology students. Tribute Tree demonstrates colleagues’ appreciation as Mark McIntosh retires After 40 years of exemplary work at the University of Missouri, MU Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development Mark McIntosh was honored with a Mizzou Botanic Garden Tribute Tree upon retiring. Planning, planting and maintenance keep MUBG’s operations manager satisfyingly busy There’s always something to do when you’re the operations manager for a 1,262-acre campus and that’s just the way Blair Crosby likes it. All in a day’s work for thirty-three years Barb Sonderman retired in January 2021 after more than three “joyful” decades at MU pursuing firsthand her primary interest: how people work with plants. Join Friends of the Mizzou Botanic Garden and in addition to other benefits, you can visit 330 gardens throughout North America for free.