Welcome to the Mizzou Botanic Garden Newsletter as we celebrate our 20th anniversary.

August 26, 2019 marks two decades since of the establishment of the Mizzou Botanic Garden (MUBG), launched by Chancellor Barbara Uehling’s early 1980s vision to “unify and beautify” the campus. It is from these twin roots that our campus-turned-botanic-garden has grown to take on important roles as a critical tool in recruiting students, faculty and staff, to be the demonstration site for important issues in horticulture and to serve as an outdoor, living laboratory for Mizzou students in plant sciences, engineering, journalism, education, and natural resources. As Friends of the Mizzou Botanic Garden, we can be proud of how MUBG has contributed to the continued success of the University over the last two decades.

To celebrate 20 years of botanic garden success, specially designed signs are being deployed to MUBG endowed gardens the week of August 26 to recognize the wonderful gift that was given to help grow the garden. Each of these donors has recognized the noteworthy role of the garden and demonstrated their commitment to the campus with their endowment. We give sincere thanks to them.

The University of Missouri aspires to instill the core values of 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.


Additionally, we have printed a third edition of the 16-page “Pollinators at Mizzou” study guide booklet used to support elementary and middle school science education. Over 12,000 copies of this booklet have been distributed throughout the state of Missouri. You can obtain copies of the study guide by contacting the MUBG office.

Additionally, the Arbor Day Foundation has again bestowed its designation as Tree Campus USA on MUBG. The Mizzou Tree Committee, made up of students, Mizzou Botanic Garden staff and local experts ensured re-certification of the stringent requirements that included a Service Learning Project, local outreach, and more. This recognition is truly a reward for the campus urban forest work accomplished for years by the entire organization.

We continue in planning efforts to replace the pin oaks on the Francis Quad with native oak species. Replacement oaks have been planted at MU’s South Farm and it is from these trees the final Legacy Oaks will be selected. Contact the Garden to find out how you can help with the 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