The Gateway to the Garden campaign will create new opportunities to experience the Missouri Botanical Garden’s work—connecting people with plants and showcasing the natural world—firsthand.
By design, the Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center and its surrounding landscapes will immerse visitors in the Garden’s mission like never before. With new gardens on the north and south sides of the Taylor Visitor Center and biophilic elements linking the building’s interior with its surroundings, every visit to the Garden will begin with a seamless indoor-outdoor experience rich with examples of the Garden’s global plant discovery and conservation work.
The addition of more than 46,000 plants to the Garden’s entry landscapes will invite visitors to experience the breadth of the Garden’s work firsthand. These plantings will emphasize areas of the world where the Garden maintains an active research presence. They will include many species of conservation concern, offering visitors the opportunity to connect with the rare and endangered flora that Garden researchers are fighting to protect around the globe.
A Personalized Experience
From the moment they arrive, visitors will be encouraged to engage with plants at their own pace. A unique integration of cutting-edge technology and one-on-one personal interaction will create an experience optimized to each visitor’s interests, meeting them where they are in their understanding of plant life and yielding unprecedented opportunities to dig deeper.
Gardens Under Glass
The first dedicated floral conservatory and display hall constructed on Garden grounds since 1915, the new Emerson Conservatory will house a permanent collection of Mediterranean plants as well as the annual Orchid Show and Holiday Show and other beloved floral events and exhibits. Restored to its historic origins, the Linnean House conservatory will feature fragrant and vibrant displays of fruit trees and afford greater visitor accessibility. The renovated Shoenberg Temperate House will provide a permanent display space for the Garden’s expansive arid collection for the first time in decades. A new entrance to the Bakewell Ottoman Garden will invite more visitors to explore this beautiful and ornate treasure.