Welcome to the Mizzou Botanic Garden

Welcome to the Mizzou Botanic Garden.

The University of Missouri aspires to instill the core values Discovery, Excellence, Respect and Responsibility into the life curriculum of the students who attend MU. For the Mizzou Botanic Garden (MUBG), Discovery is the value that best describes our aspirations and is the foundation for all we do to foster a better understanding of our place in the natural world.

Among other current initiatives, we strive to continuously grow our efforts to support native pollinators by advocating for their habitat needs and providing educational opportunities within our community. Our membership and involvement in the statewide conservation collaboration Missourians for Monarchs (https://www.facebook.com/MissouriansForMonarchs) to encourage replenishment of declining monarch populations has been fruitful and well-received.

Last year, a 16-page “Pollinators at Mizzou” study guide booklet was produced with the generous support of University Subaru of Columbia. Elementary-school educators throughout the state of Missouri can obtain copies of the study guide by contacting the MUBG office.

This spring, the hard work of our entire organization paid off with the official recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA. The newly-formed Mizzou Tree Committee, made up of students, Mizzou Botanic Garden staff, and local experts ensured fulfillment of the stringent requirements, including a detailed, 21-page Campus Tree Plan, a Service Learning Project, local outreach, and more. But far beyond the work of the committee, this recognition is truly a reward for the campus urban forest work we've been doing for years across the entire organization.

The pin oaks lining the Francis Quad are declining. More recently, the pace has accelerated, and limb dropping has increased in this heavily trafficked area. A plan is now in place to remove the majority of these trees, with 5 particularly vulnerable specimens being removed this summer, along with critical deadwood removal for the remaining trees, which will be removed soon. Rehabilitation work will begin on a few salvageable specimens. Replacement oaks are already growing, and will be transplanted to the quad after removals are complete. Many other mature trees will of course remain around Francis Quad, but for most of the pin oaks lining the lawn, the time has come. Contact the Garden to find out how you can help with this legacy restoration project. Plans for project or tree sponsorship and formal recognition of significant contributions are currently being discussed.

Stay abreast of what we are up to here at Mizzou Botanic Garden by becoming a Friend of the Garden and receiving “The Leaflet”, our electronic newsletter.

I invite you to read a brief history of our origins and make time to visit Mizzou’s 735-acre botanic garden, which is free and open to the public seven days a week all year long.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


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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