Henry Shaw opened his garden to the public on June 15, 1859. Now called Missouri Botanical Garden, I think it's a St. Louis jewel. It's gorgeous to look at, fun to just stroll, great photo ops everywhere, and who can resist feeding the giant koi? The Garden is celebrating its 150th anniversary with lots of activities. Go HERE to check out the list.
Free highlights include the Whitaker Music Festival, free admission after 5, you can bring a picnic or purchase food on site, local musical acts perform outside in the beauty of the Garden. Nice way to spend a Wednesday evening in STL.
We've gone to Mr. Shaw's Birthday Party before and had a great time. There's an actor walking around as Mr. Shaw saying 'Welcome to my Garden' and teasing about 'don't I look good for 200?' Very family friendly and lots of things to look at in addition to the Garden itself.
Missouri Botanical Garden founder Henry Shaw’s 209th birthday celebration. Admission is free for all visitors from 9 a.m to 5 p.m.! Old-fashioned entertainment includes music, a silhouette artist, stilt-walker, magician, actors in Victorian fashions, children’s games, and fun in the Children’s Garden. Activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Spoehrer Plaza, outside the Ridgway Visitor Center.