About the Garden

“The greatest service that can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture”
— Thomas Jefferson

Garden descriptions

Points of Interest

Thank you for your interest in the Mizzou Botanic Garden. 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.

The garden was established in 1999, under Chancellor Richard Wallace as part of the campus beautification efforts. August of 2009 marks the 10th anniversary of the Mizzou Botanic Garden. Since its inception, the garden has become a living museum of thousands of plants displayed amongst famous icons, such as Jefferson's original grave marker and the Columns of Academic Hall. The garden continues to delight campus visitors with its beauty and serves as a fertile academic environment for educators, researchers and students.

We currently have eleven thematic and seven special collection gardens around the Mizzou campus. Many of these were created by the generosity of friends and alumni who love this campus and support the scenic and educational backdrop the gardens provide Mizzou.

The Mizzou Botanic garden is open year-around and is free to the public. Maps for self-guided tours are available in the Reynolds Alumni Center and guided tours are available for groups of six or more throughout the year. For a list of the unique gardens of Mizzou, please visit the Garden descriptions page.

We hope you will visit often as the garden changes with each season and grows with each passing year.

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 gardens@missouri.edu